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Lindsay Kemp, Dancer and David Bowie Collaborator, Dead at 80 – Rolling Stone



Lindsay Kemp, a British dancer and choreographer who assisted David Bowie as a mentor and colleague, died at the age of 80 on Saturday in Tuscany, Italy.

Nendi Pinto-Duschunsky, the director of the documentary in production Lindsay Kemp's Last Dance confirmed Kemp's death in a Facebook post in which she stated that he was having a "perfect" day with his students died in his house. "He was very happy and it was very sudden," wrote Pinto-Duschunsky, reported the Associated Press .

In addition to his own prestigious work as a dancer and choreographer, Kemp was also a mentor to a 19-year-old David Bowie in 1966, the future icon in a production of Kemp Pierrot in Turquoise .

"He came into my dressing room and he was like the Archangel Gabriel standing there, I was like Mary, it was love at first sight," Kemp said about Bowie (via the BBC). "He was certainly versatile, a chameleon, great, inspiring, a genius of a creature, but I showed him how to do it."

Kemp is also credited with allowing Bowie the theatricality of his Ziggy Stardust character; The dancer appeared on stage during Bowie's Ziggy Stardust Tour in 1

972 and also starred in the 1972 video "John, I'm Only Dancing" (19659002). Kemp later appeared in The Horror Classic from 1973 The Wicker Man a pair of films inspired by Derek Jarman, Todd Haynes by Bowie Velvet Goldmine and Kate Bush's 1993 short film The Line The Cross and the Curse ; Bush, like Bowie, was a student of Kemp. Bush wrote her song "Moving" as a tribute to the dancer. [19450000]


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