Biography of Hugh Laing (1911-1988)

British dancer, born in Barbados (West Indies) in 1911 and died in Los Angeles (California) on May 11, 1988, whose original name was Hugh Skinner.

In 1931 he/she began studying painting at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, who left a year later to study dance with Marie Rambert and Margaret Craske in London and with Olga Preobrajenskaya in Paris. After his debut with the Ballet Rambert in 1932, then called Ballet Club, was dancer and co-founder with Antony Tudor's London Ballet, between 1937 and 1938. He/She participated in the premiere of Unbowed (1932) of Sara Patrick and Andrée HowardAlcina Suite (1934), as well as the ballets of Tudor Atlanta of the East (1933), Paramour (1934), The Planets (1934), The Descent of Hebe (1935), Jardin aux Lilas (1936), Dark Elegies (1937), Gallant Assembly (1937), Judgement of Paris (1938) for which also designed the costumes, Soiree Musicale (1938)Seven Intimate Dances (1938) and Gala Performance (1938). He/She also starred in the musical The Happy Hypocrite (1936). Joined to the Ballet Theatre of New York in 1940, where they premiered new roles in ballets of Tudor, among them the young in Goya Pastoral (1940), the young of the House opposite in Pillar of Fire (1942), Romeo in The Tragedy of Romeo and Julia (1943), the gentleman in Dim Lustre (1943), the transgressor in Undertow (1945), Shadow of the Wind (1948) and Nimbus (1950). Also with the Ballet Theatre premiered Quintet (1940) Anton Dolin, Aleko (1942) by Léonide Massine and Tally-Ho (1944) of Agnes de Mille. In 1950 he/she moved to New York City Ballet, and there he/she starred in Lady of the camellias (1950) and La Gloire (1952) from Tudor, The Miraculous Mandarin (1951) of Todd Bolender and Bayou (1952) of George Balanchine. After leaving the scenarios in the mid-1950s, Laing was devoted to photography. He/She was married to the Ballerina Diana Adams between 1947 and 1953.