Sagittarius Dec 11, 1929 Dunfermline Director and Writer
Sir Kenneth MacMillan was a British ballet dancer and choreographer. From 1966 to 1970 he was director of ballet for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. He was artistic director of the Royal Ballet in London between 1970 and 1977, and its principal choreographer from 1977 until his death. He was also associate director of the American Ballet Theatre from 1984 to 1989, and artistic associate of the Houston Ballet from 1989 to 1992.
From a family with no background of ballet or music, MacMillan was determined from an early age to become a dancer. After being accepted by Ninette de Valois as a student and then a member of the Sadler's Wells Ballet in the late 1940s, MacMillan built a successful career as a dancer, but, plagued by stage fright, he abandoned it while still in his twenties. After this his work was entirely as a choreographer; he created ten full-length ballets and more than fifty one-act pieces. In addition to his work for ballet companies he was active in television, musicals, non-musical drama, and opera.