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National Dance Archive of Ireland

Reiter-Soffer, Domy

Identity Statement

Reference Code: IE 2135 N52
Title: The Domy Reiter-Soffer Papers
Dates of Creation: 1959-2002 (predominantly 1962-1964)
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium: 1 box and 1 volume (73 files)


Name of Creator(s): Reiter-Soffer, Domy.

Biographical History: Domy Reiter-Soffer was born in Tel Aviv and began his career with Israel Ballet in 1959. In 1962, he became a member of the Irish Theatre Ballet, Ireland's first professional ballet company, and danced as a guest with the Cork Ballet Company, both of which were run under the artistic directorship of Joan Denise Moriarty. In 1964, he moved to the UK, where he became a member of the London Dance Theatre, The Western Theatre Ballet at Saddler''s Wells and The Scottish Ballet. He has also been a guest artist with major American ballet companies, among others the New York Contemporary Dance Company, The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre 2, Ballet Met, The Ohio Ballet, and the Bat Dor Dance company where he was also the resident choreographer, creating over 30 ballets for the company. From 1975-1989 he acted as artistic advisor and choreographer of the Irish National Ballet creating over 22 works, among them Women, Yerma, Paradise Gained, Lady of the Camellias, Pomes Penyeach, La Valse, Chariots of Fire, House of Bernarda Alba and Oscar, the company's last ballet before its disbandment in 1989. Domy Reiter-Soffer's distinguished career has seen him as director of numerous plays, musicals and operas, choreographer for film, opera and television, and designer for over 30 dance and theatre productions across the world. He is also an accomplished painter, with 22 one-man shows in Europe, America and Israel.

Content & Structure

Scope and Content: Posters, programmes, press cuttings, photographs, audio-visual material and correspondence illustrating Domy Reiter-Soffer's early career as a dancer and choreographer, and more generally the performances of Cork Ballet Company (established by Joan Denise Moriarty in 1947) and Irish Theatre Ballet (Ireland's first professional ballet company established by Moriarty in 1959), and those of Irish National Ballet during its brief existence between June 1963 and March 1964.

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