Jorma Elo is one of the most sought-after choreographers in the world. Singled out by Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times as a “talent to follow”, Finnish-born Elo has created more than 60 works around the world for companies that include American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Vienna State Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Finnish National Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Basel Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet, among others.
Elo trained with the Finnish National Ballet School and the Kirov Ballet School in Leningrad. He danced with Finnish National Ballet and Cullberg Ballet until joining Netherlands Dance Theater in 1990, where he enjoyed a 15 year career.
As Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet since 2005, Elo has created many world premieres, including Carmen, Le Sacre du Printemps, Plan to B, Brake the Eyes, and the full length Elo Experience. Elo’s From All Sides debuted in 2007 for Hubbard Street Dance Chicag, to a commissioned score from Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Mead Composer-in-Residence, Mark Anthony Turnage, conducted by Maestro Esa-Pekka Salonen. Vienna State Opera Ballet premiered his full length A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2010. Finnish National Ballet premiered Elo’s full length Alice in Wonderland in 2016.
Elo choreographed and performed in the Finnish television film Nijinsky Invisible Power in 2007. He is also a skilled designer of costumes, lighting and video effects for his ballets.
Elo was awarded the prestigious Benois de la Danse prize for best choreography in 2010, for his production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Slice to Sharp , a new version of the ballet created for the Stanislavsky Music Theatre. The Finnish Government awarded Elo with the 2012 Dance Artist Prize and the 2015 Pro Finlandia Medal of the Order of the Lion of Finland, one of Finland’s highest honours. The 2005 Helsinki International Ballet Competition awarded Elo their Choreographic Prize and he was the recipient of the Prince Charitable Trust Prize and the Choo-San Goh Choreographic Award in 2006. One/end/one, created for Houston Ballet in 2011, was supported by the first-ever Rudolf Nureyev Prize for New Dance. He was nominated for a 2008 Isadora Duncan Dance Award. Elo has been featured in Esquire, Dance, and Pointe magazines.