Bio

Born in St. Louis, Elliott Geolat comes from a background of classical pianists and music instructors. He took his first dance class at the age of four and, at thirteen, began seriously training at The Ballet Conservatory in St. Louis under the tutelage of artistic director Nathalie LeVine. After studying with instructors such as Frances Svendsen, Deborah Carr, Maxim Tchernychev, Anthony Wozniak and Irina Zykova, he was awarded full scholarships to attend American Ballet Theatre in New York City and Houston Ballet Academy. In 2000, he was invited by artistic director Gen Horiuchi to join Saint Louis Ballet where he rose to the rank of Principal Dancer. In addition to dancing leading roles in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Giselle, and other classical ballets, he has been featured in contemporary works by choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, Christopher d'Amboise, Jessica Lange and Amy Seiwert. Having loved cinema from an early age, Geolat branched out into filmmaking while continuing to perform as a dancer. Working closely with cinematographer and long-time collaborator Christopher Gibbs, he has directed nine short films and worked extensively on two feature documentaries, all of which have been screened in film festivals and art shows. "Curtains" (2012), "Nightfall on Neptune" (2013), "In the Pines" (2015), "Ruins" (2016), "Captured" (2016), and "Ashlock" (2018) are dance films that feature his choreography. For "Ashlock," he choreographed on twelve dancers of both Saint Louis Ballet and The Big Muddy Dance Company and commissioned four new music recordings by nine professional musicians, including famed cellist Ben Sollee. Geolat is currently in pre-production for a feature-length dance film that will tell the story of a ballet dancer. Unlike conventional films about professional dancers, it will use intermittent, site-specific choreographic sequences to convey the narrative and will feature very few scenes in the studio or the theatre. A large and diverse group of dancers, musicians, and other artists will be collaborating on the project.

DANCER • CHOREOGRAPHER • FILMMAKER

© 2020 ELLIOTT GEOLAT

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