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Born in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died in San Francisco, California, USA
Birth NameAbraham Remy Charlip

Mini Bio (1)

Remy Charlip was born on January 10, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Abraham Remy Charlip. He died on August 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California, USA.

Trivia (9)

Dancer, children's author and illustrator. He headed the Children's Theatre and Literature Department at Sarah Lawrence College from 1967 to 1971 and many of his works have appeared in exhibitions of the American Institute of Graphic Arts.
Founding member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.
Charlip never fully recovered from a stroke in 2005.
Charlip began his artistic career as a painter.
One of two children with Max Charlip and Sara Charlip, Russian immigrants to Brooklyn, New York. His father was a house painter and his mother ran the family grocery store and wrote poetry.
He earned a Bachelor's Degree from Cooper Union in New York City. HE studied dance at Juilliard School in New York City.
He was awarded 2 Obie Award in 1965 for his work with the Paper Bag Players and in 1966 for Best Director for the piece, "A Beautiful Day," performed at the Judson Poets Theater in Greenwich Village in New York City.
He is survived by his two nephews, Charles Blair and Steven Blair.
He was a founder of the children's theater program at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He also taught at Sarah Lawrence College in New York; Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Bates College; and the University of California in Santa Barbara, California.

Personal Quotes (5)

When it came time to choose a high school, my mother came up to see my guidance teacher, who was also my French teacher. I wanted to go to farming school. I had a plot of land in a small park and grew carrots, radishes, corn, lettuce and flowers. The Eiffel Tower on display that I had made out of toothpicks influenced the decision. 'I think Remy should be an artist,' my mother said. 'It's more practical.'
I love sequence, how one thing follows another. When you're reading to a child, he can't wait to get to the next page. 'Turn the page, turn the page!' That's because each new page is a door to another, different world.
I really don't know where it all comes from. I'm in another world and I'm very lucky.
[on his children's book, "Fortunately"] A rambunctious dance flying, falling in space, diving in water, swimming, running, digging."
[on dance] It's one of the hardest things to do--to be free enough to dance, to move around. Look at all those dancers--Isadora throwing away her corset, shoes, and bra; Merce giving up stories and Graham going into whatever she calls it, that darkness of the inner soul; Nureyev leaping over the wall. Dancing is still about freedom.

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