George Zoritch (1917-2009): Rouge et Noir (1939)
The acclaimed 2005 documentary “Ballets Russes” offered filmgoers a taste of Mr. Zoritch’s vivid personality. At one point in the film he and the ballerina Nathalie Krassovska, both in their 80s, relived their past partnership in a segment from “Giselle,” punctuating their mime with spicy comments.
In his memoir, “Ballet Mystique” (2000), Mr. Zoritch readily recognized that he was not a bravura technician. He felt that artistry was more important than technique for dancers like him, who joined the Russian émigré troupes that succeeded Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in the 1930s. Often they used variations on that company’s name.
He passed away at 92. R.I.P.