Araiz, Oscar (1940--) By Fortuna, Victoria
Oscar Araiz is a central figure in the dance world in Argentina and internationally. Maintaining equal prominence in the modern and classical dance communities throughout the course of his career, Araiz’s prolific artistic production includes both original works and signature reimaginings of repertoire pieces, such as La consagración de la primavera (The Rite of Spring, 1966) and Romeo y Julieta (Romeo and Juliet, 1971). Stylistically, his works range from virtuosic neoclassicism to minimalism. The influences that inflect his works are also broad and reflect the confluence of modernist styles circulating through Argentina in the mid-twentieth century, in particular German expressionism and US modern dance. He has served as artistic director of the most significant dance companies in Argentina, including the La Plata Argentine Theater Ballet, the San Martín Municipal Theater Contemporary Ballet, and the Colon Theater Ballet. Internationally, he served as artistic director of the Geneva Grand Theater Ballet and has worked with companies including the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Paris Opéra. Araiz has received multiple honors including the Konex Platinum Award (1989), the María Ruanova Prize (1990), and the Career Achievement Award from the Argentine National Arts Fund (2006).