Biography of Talley Beatty (1923-1995)

Dancer and choreographer American, born in New Orleans in 1923 and died in New York on April 29, 1995.

He began his studies of dance in the city of Chicago and made his debut in 1935 as a dancer of the Civic Opera House. In 1940 he met Katherine Dunham, with whom he worked closely for the development of African American dance. After spending a few years as a concert dancer, Beatty formed his own group, which carried out a series of choreographies; among their first creations include some as Road of the Phoebe Snow (1959), Come and Get the Beauty of It Hot (1960) and Congo Tango Palace (1960). Other choreographies performed for other companies were The Black District (1968), to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Poème de l'Extase (1972) for the Cullberg Ballet. Within the American Dance Festival in Moscow in September 1992, the Dayton Dance Company presented a program that included works from this choreographer. He is the protagonist of the documentary A Study in Choreography for the Camera (1945), directed by Maya Deren.