Bob Fosse was born on the 23rd of June, 1927. He died of a heart attack on the 23rd of September, 1987. Bob Fosse was a choreographer, dancer and director best known for Tony Award-winning musicals including Chicago and Cabaret.
In 1973, he won two Tony Awards for ‘Best Direction of a Musical’ and ‘Best Choreography’ for ‘Pippin’.
He won an Emmy Award for ‘Liza with a Z’ for the category of ‘Outstanding Achievement in Choreography’, in 1973.
In 1973, he won an Academy Award for the film ‘Cabaret’ for the category of ‘Best Director’.
In 1979, he won a Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for the movie, ‘All That Jazz’.
In 2001, he was awarded a Laurence Olivier Award for ‘Best Theatre Choreographer’ along with Ann Reinking.
He was inducted into the ‘National Museum of Dance’s Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame’, in 2007.
Bob Fosse uses all body actions (gestures, locomotion, elevation, falls, turns, stillness) and all physical skills (balance, flexibility, alignment, control, coordination, transference of weight, strength, stamina).
Bob Fosse used simple props so that the audience would concentrate more on the movements of the dancers than anything else. He used bowler hats, canes and chairs. The dancers usually had a cigarette in their mouth as they danced.
Bob Fosse was Influenced and inspired by the work of Jack Cole, Fred Astaire, and Jerome Robbins.
The expressive intention of Bob Fosse’s “The Richman’s Frug” is a Jazz dance piece that is broken down into three sections; The Aloof, The Heavyweight and the Big finish. The Aloof explores the high society through notions of gender roles. The Heavyweight reveals the struggles and competitiveness inherent in the lifestyles of the super-rich and between the sexes. And the Big finish allows the upper class to let their hair down and shake off the social limitations.
Costuming in a Fosse dance included bowler hats (often tilted), vests, white gloves, and fishnet stockings or black pants. The women in a Fosse routine often exude sexuality, through a combination of costuming and carefully-planned movements.
Many dancers strive to create long, lean lines. Fosse preferred angles. This was accomplished with a turned-in knee or a jutting hip. Isolated movements are another hallmark of the Fosse style. Dancers might move just a hand, then just a shoulder. Finger snapping is another common dance element. Rolling hips and shoulders, and an overall "strutting" impression was the main significance to his choreography.