Patsalas's imaginative choreography is unified by its uncompromising stylistic faithfulness to the inspiring score, its structural integrity and its inventive exploration of dynamic contrasts in mood and movements. Before Erik BRUHN, artistic director of the National Ballet, died in April 1986, he expressed a wish that Patsalas should have a role in the company's continuing artistic direction, but rifts soon developed between him and the 3 co-directors appointed by the board of directors. In a rancorous separation, Patsalas left the National Ballet in September 1986 to pursue an independent career and was able to stage a season of his choreography before ill health prevented further activity. Because of a legal dispute over the National Ballet's right to perform the works he created for it, his choreography effectively died with him.
Author PENELOPE REED DOOB Revised: MICHAEL CRABB