( b. Feb 03, 1923 Paris, FRANCE - d. Jan 30, 2014 Paris, FRANCE ) Male
Jean Babilée gained instant stardom in French ballet as the violent chair-throwing youth in Roland Petit's "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort" ("The Young Man and Death") in 1946, and he remained international dance's great rebel.
"Sensational" was a word critics applied liberally to Mr. Babilée's dancing, including his first guest appearances in New York with Ballet Theater (now American Ballet Theater) in 1951. His extraordinary technique, soaring leaps and masculine power were matched by a pantherlike pounce and a jarring poetic presence.
Mr. Babilée was classically trained at the Paris Opera Ballet school and had perfect classical style. Yet as a member of Les Ballets des Champs-Élysées, founded by Petit in 1945, he was an experimental dancer, his career emerging from the creative ferment in French ballet after World War II and his roles coming out of his personal, impulsive way of moving.
Mr. Babilée was later director of the Rhine Ballet in France, in 1972-73, and appeared in stage productions of Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending and Jean Genet's The Balcony.
Source: The New York Times obituary