NEWS - Bertram Ross Passes After Long Illness
Ross, longtime partner of John Wallowitch, passed away on Easter Sunday,
April 20, 2003. Bertram had been coping with Parkinson's for some
time, and was in Cabrini Hospital at the last.
Bertram was well known
as Martha Graham's principal dancer. He was John Wallowitch's longtime
partner in life as well as in the show they did together for years
at the Ballroom and other venues, a source of a lot of joy and laughter.
They were the subject a beautiful film together, and recently released
a CD ("Wallowitch & Ross" - Miranda Music) of the songs from their
show. Both film & CD were released last fall, and you can find more
about them at their website, http://www.wallowitchandross.com/.
John Wallowitch is scheduled to perform his show on Friday, April
25th at DANNY'S SKYLIGHT ROOM (346 West 46th Street, NYC - 1-212-265-8133
at 7:00 pm and John plans to perform as scheduled. He says Bertram
would never forgive him if he did otherwise.
INFORMATION ON FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR BERTRAM ROSS
There will be a service for Bertram Ross on Saturday April 26th, at
Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue at 81st Street,
New York, NY 10028 - Telephone: 212-288-3500 at 3:00 pm. Contributions
may be sent to:
The Mary Anthony Dance
Theatre Foundation Inc.
for The Bertram Ross Scholarship Fund
New York, NY 10003.
Bertram Ross's background as Martha Graham's partner and co-director
of her company for nearly 25 years has earned him a position of enviable
stature in the world of dance. He created over 35 leading roles in
the Graham repertory and is indelibly associated with the roles of
Saint Michael in "Seraphic Dialogue," Agamemnon and Orestes
in "Clytemnestra," Adam in "Embattled Garden,"
Oedipus in "Night Journey" and, perhaps most of all, the
Preacher in "Appalachian Spring." Mr. Ross' accomplishments
in dance have been acknowledged by critics and audiences around the
In critically acclaimed
and wildly successful cabaret act with pianist John Wallowitch, Mr.
Ross added yet another diverse facet to his extraordinary career.
In addition to cabaret
appearances in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Palm Beach, Washington
and London, Mr. Ross has presented his solo dance/theatre portraits
of Raymond Duncan, Gordon Craig, Ted Shawn, Uncle Vanya and Noah.
The performer also appeared as Prospero in the Riverside Shakespeare's
production of "The Tempest." He can be seen in the roles
of Oedipus and Creon in Amy Greenfield's film "Antigone,"
as well as Richard Morris' documentary "Wallowitch & Ross: This
Moment" which has garnered praise all over the country and has
just been released on Video and DVD.
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Ross was my friend. He added so much to my life that I could never
find words to thank him.
was the most kind, funny, brillant and handsome man I have ever
met. We will miss him. He added so much to all of our lives. Together
with John Wallowitch their cabaret style was innovative and a joy
to behold - as was their life.
Ross, gave hope that "moving from the heart" is, not only possible,
but a successful way to live one's life. In a dance world where
I often was told of my "imperfect body"; he once said "you have
a perfect instrument - if you just could learn your right from your
left." Somehow he could put a curve on almost anything; bringing
a smile and much needed perspective on the "bigger picture" of life.
His talents will be missed on this planet, but, I'm sure "Heaven's
Cabaret" has never burned brighter.
Susan Tezak, former student
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