French choreographer Roland Petit dies aged 87

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French choreographer and dancer Roland Petit, who helped set up Les Ballets des Champs-Elysees and formed several more dance companies, died Sunday in Geneva at the age of 87, the Paris Opera said.

Petit's dramatic ballets, which combine fantasy with contemporary realism, include "The Strolling Players", "The Young Man and Death", and "Carmen".

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