( b. Oct 19, 1934 Louisville, Kentucky, USA - d. Nov 21, 2012 Manhattan, New York, USA ) Female
Dark-haired and lithe, self-confident, opinionated and witty — “Above all, Miss Bewley might be regarded as one of dance’s finest comediennes,” Anna Kisselgoff wrote in The New York Times in 1976 — she became a soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the mid-1950s and subsequently toured Europe with the American Ballet Theater and danced with Jerome Robbins’s company, Ballets U.S.A.
Her father, Ben, was a school administrator; her mother, Mabel, was a teacher. She graduated from Atherton High School and first moved to New York at 17, though she decided the move was premature and returned home. After a year at the University of Louisville she landed in New York for good. She studied with Muriel Stuart, among others, at the School of American Ballet. Beyond her work as a performer, Ms. Bewley was also an artist known for pastel portraits of animals who was often commissioned by pet owners.
In 1959 she appeared on Broadway in a short-lived musical, First Impressions, with a book by Abe Burrows based on “Pride and Prejudice,” and then joined the New York City Ballet.
By the early 1960s Ms. Bewley and three other City Ballet dancers had founded a company, the First Chamber Dance Quartet, which focused on dances created by its own members, Ms. Bewley perhaps foremost among them. One of her earliest works, a parody of George Balanchine’s choreographic mannerisms, became a signature.
In 1972 Ms. Bewley made her debut as an opera director and that same year she designed the costumes for a Joffrey Ballet production of ?Le Beau Danube by Massine.
Source: The New York Times.