Eugene Hill Sagan

New York Negro Ballet

Sagan’s autograph among those of 18 other members of New York Negro Ballet, 1957

Eugene Sagan, born Arthur Eugene Hill, was born in Emporia, VA and grew up in Philadelphia, PA. He trained in dance under the direction of Michel Panaieff and Nina Vyroubova and at the Ballet Theatre. He made his debut in 1959 with the New York Negro Ballet and continued to perform with other artists such as Louis Johnson, Carmen de Lavallade, and Geoffrey Holder, and with companies in Copenhagen; Stockholm; Paris; and Cologne, Germany.

Mr. Sagan choreographed his first dance in 1963 for his own group based in Munich. He later choreographed for the Philadelphia Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the Batsheva and Bat D’or companies of Israel (where he became a resident and worked for 15 years). His work was influenced by ballet, modern, and jazz dance with emphasis on slightly obscure themes and sensuous, swirling movements that suited the dancers.


Gene Hill Sagan, 59, A Versatile Dancer and Choreographer, The New York Times
The New York Negro Ballet. Autographs of 19 Members on a card. 1957, ViaLibri

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