Lawrence Pech

Lawrence Pech is from Denver, receiving his early classical music training in piano and voice. His
first choreographic effort was in the fourth grade, to the Beatles¹ Something... He began studying
ballet at age 14 with the Colorado Concert Ballet. At 16, he won First Prize in the Colorado Council for
the Arts Choreography Competition with a piece set to Pink Floyd¹s Have a Cigar. The following year
(Œ77), he received full scholarships to the Joffrey and American Ballet Theatre schools, the School
of American Ballet (New York City Ballet), and Mudra (Maurice Bejart¹s Ballet of the 20th Century
in Brussels). Mr. Pech accepted a contract from ABT in 1980 directly from the artistic director,
Mikhail Baryshnikov.

For the next 7 years, Lawrence worked with all of the great choreographic masters of our time. He danced opposite such greats as Mr. Baryshnikov, Ms. Makarova, Ivan Nagy, Cynthia Gregory, Fernando Bujones, Gelsey Kirkland, Cynthia Harvey, Martine Van Hamel, Kevin McKenzie, and others. He has appeared in numerous Live From Lincoln Center telecasts, and figured prominently with Baryshnikov in the movie Dancer and the Dance (BBC).

In 1986, Helgi Tomasson invited Lawrence to join the San Francisco Ballet. He worked with William Forsythe, Mark Morris , James Kudelka, David Bintley, Val Caniparoli, Mr. Tomasson and Lisa deRibere. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 1990. In 1991, Mr. Pech was the subject of a KQED special entitled Blue Lair, a ballet about his victory over cancer. It was awarded a 1991 Emmy for Best Choreography. In 1993, Lawrence became co-founder and Artistic Director of the Diablo Ballet. In 1996 The Lawrence Pech Dance Company was inaugurated to sold out houses and chosen as one of the resident companies of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Mr. Pech has choreographed over forty ballets and 30 Musicals. He has won numerous awards for his magnificent work. He has produced, directed and performed in many programs of original choreography and composition for The Florence Gould Theater at the Palace of the Legion of Honor¹s Summer Arts Series, The Neptune Society at the Columbarium, and the CalArts Summer Program ( Valencia). Mr. Pech graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with honors in May “05 and received a degree in composition. He is serving his ninth season as Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer for the San Francisco Opera. For the past six summers, Mr. Pech has taught and choreographed at the various Summer Intensives in New York City, Texas and Orange County. He is also a guest teacher at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, San Francisco Dance Center, Pacific Ballet Academy, Marin Ballet, Marin Dance Theatre, Petaluma City Ballet, Marshon Academy of Dance, and others.

 

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