Falco in 1969.
|Born||August 2, 1942|
New York City
|Died||March 26, 1993 50) (aged|
New York City
|Cause of death||AIDS|
Louis Falco (August 2, 1942 – March 26, 1993) was an American dancer and choreographer.
Louis Falco was born in New York City of southern Italian immigrant parents. He began his study of dance in the 1950s at The Henry Street Playhouse with Murray Louis and Alwin Nikolais. He attended the High School of Performing Arts and as a student began performing with Charles Weidman. In 1960 he began dancing professionally with José Limón, and also appeared with Flower Hujer, Alvin Ailey and Donald McKayle. He danced with the José Limón Dance Company from 1960–70 and danced opposite Rudolf Nureyev in Limon's The Moor's Pavane on Broadway from 1974-75. His farewell performance was with Luciana Savignano at La Scala Opera House in Milan in The Eagle's Nest.Falco was considered an extraordinarily gifted dancer and charismatic performer.
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Falco completed choreography for several films and commissioned dance works, some of which were never performed in the United States. In 1986, he was recognized for a series of award winning television commercials. He died from AIDS in 1993.
Selected works include:
Selected music videos:
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