Paul Koverman – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    May 2010

California Ballet Company mourns the passing of

former dancer, Ballet Master, and Resident Choreographer

Paul Koverman 12/5/1953 – 5/6/2010

On Thursday, May 6, 2010, the ballet world was made poorer by the passing of former California Ballet principal danseur, resident choreographer, instructor, ballet master, and friend, Paul Koverman. His loss will be felt throughout the San Diego community, and his presence will be sorely missed by all of the lives he touched during his prolific career in ballet.

Paul first joined California Ballet Company in 1978 and danced as a Principal Danseur until 1984. His impeccable technique and towering presence dazzled audiences and could be easily seen in the students he instructed and dancers he directed as our Ballet Master from 1991 to 2004.

His singular choreographic style pushed our dancers’ technical skills and artistic sensitivities, ever propelling the Company to new heights and continually pleasing audience and critic alike. The California Ballet repertoire was forever flavored and fleshed out by his artistic genius, with nearly a dozen beautiful works he created on them.

Paul will be forever in our minds and our hearts. We can never thank him enough for the art, ambition, and love he gave the dancers, the Company, and the world of ballet.

A celebration of Paul Koverman’s life and work will be held at the California Ballet Studios in Kearney Mesa on Saturday, June 12th at 4:30pm. For further information contact Judith Sharp at 858-560-5676 ext. 16 or

Several of Mr. Koverman’s ballets by will be restaged for the California Ballet in the near future.

Send condolences to: The Koverman Family, 2453 Rugby Road, Dayton, Ohio, 45406

Biography: Mr. Koverman was well known to San Diego audiences as a Principal Danseur and a choreographer. His formal dance training began at the Dayton Ballet School under Josephine Schwartz, Jon Rodriguez and Bess Saylor after which he received a scholarship to the School of American Ballet in New York. In addition to this primary training, Mr. Koverman’s technique was shaped by many individuals including Robert Rodham, Marius Zirra, David Howard and Melissa Hayden. He performed with the Pennsylvania Ballet, California Ballet, San Antonio Ballet and many others.

He originally appeared with the California Ballet Company from 1978-1984 in many principal roles including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Snow King and Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Concerto Barocco, Holberg Suite and was honored for best performance in The Choice.

An experienced teacher, Mr. Koverman was Artistic Director of the Phoenix School of Ballet from 1985-1991. While in Russia studying the Soviet training methods, he was invited to stage his modern work Separation on a company drawn from dancers of the Bolshoi and Leningrad Companies.

His choreography has been seen locally on the California Ballet Company and Stage 7. His Untitled with music by Aulis Sallinen was performed by the CBC in 1993 and Separation in 1994. Without Title was created in 1994 and was also staged by request in Provo, Utah. Additional works for CBC are Quantic Class (1996), Nuns and Angels (1997), Clowns (2000), Breathless (2001) and Symphonic Dances (2001).

clip_image002Paul’s dramatic work commemorating the Holocaust, Elegy, was premiered for the 30th Anniversary Gala performance in 1998, performed live to the music of Yoav Talmi. In Memory of… United We Stand was his response to the devastating September 11, 2001 tragedy. It utilized dance, members of a color guard, a sheriff, firefighters and representatives of 3 different faiths.

Mr. Koverman served as ballet master for the California Ballet Company from 1991-2004, during which time he was also an instructor for the California Ballet School and San Diego State University.

Ballets in the Repertoire of the California Ballet

  1. clip_image004Untitled (1993), Sallinen
  2. Separation (1994), Kyurkchiuski
  3. Without Title (1994), Mahler
  4. Quantic Class (1996), Beethoven, Crumb
  5. Nuns and Angels (1997), J. S. Bach
  6. Elegy (1998), Talmi
  7. Clowns (2000), Brahms
  8. Breathless (2001), J. S. Bach
  9. Symphonic Dances (2001), Rachmaninoff
  10. In Memory of… United We Stand (2001), Collage

Ballets for the California Ballet School

  1. Three Graces (1980’s)
  2. Numerous pieces for the Annual All School concert

California Ballet is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to presenting a full season of professional ballet each year to the people of San Diego and to providing a forum for professional dancers to develop and maintain their artistic skill.


2 Responses to “Paul Koverman – Press Release”

  1. Joyce Actor Says:

    I knew Paul as a child. We were in the Dayton Community Theater together and I loved him. We had lost touch as adults, and I am so upset knowing that I was in Los Angeles when he was so close in San Diego. I had recently started asking old friends from Dayton if they knew where he was. A friend got on the internet and found this. You held his memorial on my birthday.
    Can you tell me what he died from? I would appreciate any information.

  2. Sherry Says:

    Thanks so much for posting all of the great info! I am looking forward to checking out more blogs.

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