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Geoffrey Holder

Director, Performer, Choreographer, Designer
( b. Aug 01, 1930 Port of Spain, TRINIDAD - d. Oct 05, 2014 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Relations: Husband of Carmen De Lavallade (1955 - 2014) his death

Biography: Geoffrey Lamont Holder was born on August 1, 1930 in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He attended Queen's Royal College. He made his debut in his brother's folkloric dance troupe, the Holder Dancing Company, at age 7. Holder became the company's director and lead performer, and took it to New York City in 1954. From 1956 to 1958 he was a principal dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. Holder received a Guggenheim fellowship in painting, and his work was shown at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington and at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He then expanded into costume design, directing, and choreographing. He choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem. He married Carmen de Lavallade, a dancer he met during his Broadway debut in House of Flowers. They had one son named Léo.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Annie," "Live and Let Die," "Boomerang," "Doctor Dolittle," "Porgy and Bess," "and "All Night Long." Television credits include: "The Apprentice," "The Cosby Show," "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "Today," "Great Performances," "Tarzan," and "It Takes a Thief."

Trivia:
He published and illustrated "Black Gods, Green Islands," written with Tom Harshman, in 1959.
He authored "Geoffrey Holder's Caribbean Cookbook" in 1973.
The marquees of Broadway theaters were dimmed in his honor on October 10, 2014.



ProductionsDate of Productions
The Boys Choir of Harlem and Friends
[Special, Concert, Original]
  • Staged by Geoffrey Holder
Jan 19, 1993 - Jan 31, 1993
The Wiz
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
May 24, 1984 - Jun 03, 1984
Timbuktu!
[Musical, Original]
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
  • Playbill Cover Illustration by Geoffrey Holder
Mar 01, 1978 - Sep 10, 1978
The Wiz
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Directed by Geoffrey Holder
  • Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
Jan 05, 1975 - Jan 28, 1979
Josephine Baker
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Performer: Geoffrey Holder [Performer]
Mar 31, 1964 - Apr 19, 1964
Josephine Baker
[Musical, Revue, Original]
  • Also Starring: Geoffrey Holder [Performer]
Feb 04, 1964 - Feb 16, 1964
Waiting for Godot
[Play, Drama, All Black Cast, Revival]
  • Performer: Geoffrey Holder [Lucky]
Jan 21, 1957 - Jan 26, 1957
House of Flowers
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Geoffrey Holder [The Champion]
  • Banda dance choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
Dec 30, 1954 - May 21, 1955
1978 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
Timbuktu! [nominee]
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Choreography
Timbuktu! [nominee]
Choreographed by Geoffrey Holder
1978 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
Timbuktu! [nominee]
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
1975 Tony Award® Best Costume Design
winner The Wiz [winner]
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
1975 Tony Award® Best Direction of a Musical
winner The Wiz [winner]
Directed by Geoffrey Holder
1975 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Costume Design
winner The Wiz [winner]
Costume Design by Geoffrey Holder
1975 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Musical
The Wiz [nominee]
Directed by Geoffrey Holder
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