Lar Lubovitch trained at The Julliard School and founded the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in New York in 1968. Now celebrating its 45th anniversary, with over 120 dance pieces, it has gained an international reputation as one of America’s top dance companies. Lar’s works are also included in the repertoires of major dance companies throughout the world.
Othello – A Dance in Three Acts, created for American Ballet Theatre, appeared on PBS’s Emmy nominated Great Performances. Film and television credits include: Fandango (International Emmy), My Funny Valentine for Robert Altman’s film The Company (American Choreography Award nomination) and, in 1988, Concerto Six Twenty-Two and North Star for BBC. Lubovitch has also made a notable contribution to the advancement of ice-dancing with pieces for numerous Olympic skaters, as well as ice-dance specials for television: The Sleeping Beauty (PBS), The Planets (A&E) (International Emmy nomination, Cable Ace Award, Grammy Award). His work on Broadway includes: Into the Woods (Tony nominated), The Red Shoes (Astaire Award) and the Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I.
In 2007 Lubovitch founded the Chicago Dancing Festival in collaboration with the City of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art which includes performances by leading American dance companies. The free festival reaches over 18,000 people annually.
Recent awards include: 2007 Chicagoan of the Year (Chicago Tribune), 2008 Chicagoan of the Year (Chicago Magazine), 2001 Ford Fellow (US Artists), 2001 Dance/USA Honors Award, 2012 Prix Benois de la Danse for Choreography (Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow), 2013 American Dance Guild Lifetime Achievement Award. This spring Lar will also receive an Honorary Doctorate from The Julliard School.