Noah D. Gelber was born in New York City and began his dance and singing training there at the age of 5. Along side 11 years of formation at the School of American Ballet, he attended the High School of Performing Arts and Professional Children’s School in New York, performing often with the New York City Ballet. At age 16, Noah became principal guest-artist with the American Ballet Company, dancing numerous principal roles from the Balanchine repertoire. He sang and danced in a New York production of ‘West Side Story’ before pursuing his career in Europe. After 3 years as a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, he toured the U.S. and Mexico as a principal guest-artist before William Forsythe invited him to the Frankfurt Ballet. Noah earned widespread critical acclaim for his speed, dynamism and technical precision, plus his ability to excel in the classical ballet genre as well as inspire contemporary choreographers. He now performs regularly in international Galas, dancing solos and pas de deux created especially for him by William Forsythe and other choreographers.
Over a decade of dancing with William Forsythe, he performed the greater portion of the Frankfurt Ballet’s repertoire, notably premiering in the original cast of “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”. He was featured by fashion designer Issey Miyake in Paris, and has been presented in photographic exhibitions in museums and theaters across Europe. Well versed in the complex improvisation techniques Forsythe utilizes, Noah was chosen to demonstrate examples of these for the ‘William Forsythe Improvisation Technologies’ CD-ROM. He is regularly invited to conduct educational workshops teaching these improvisation modalities at international institutions.
Noah was active in the choreographic processes at the Frankfurt Ballet, creating considerable solo and pas de deux material contained in some Forsythe pieces. He was the first American choreographer ever invited to create a world premier for the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theater. This story ballet, ‘The Overcoat’ (after Nikolai Gogol), won 2 ‘Golden Sofit’ awards including ‘Best Ballet of the Year’, and a ‘Golden Mask’ – Russia’s highest theatrical prize. His other creations include ‘The Golden Age’ for the Mariinsky Ballet, ‘Object Ours’ for dancers of the Royal Ballet, ‘Running Time’ duet, and his own solos ‘Gnos Naos’ and ‘Opus 3/1-3’. His choreographic works have been presented in Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York, London, Montreal, Tel Aviv and Frankfurt. Noah also choreographed for the hit TV show ‘Born to Dance’ in Israel.
Since 1997 while still dancing, Noah has maintained the responsibility of Choreographic Assistant for 11 different ballets from William Forsythe’s repertoire. The long list of companies with which he has collaborated includes the Royal Ballet, the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Nederlans Dans Teater (The Hague), Royal Swedish Ballet, Norwegian National Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Berlin State Ballet, Ballet de Monte Carlo, Vienna State Ballet, Lyon Opera Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, National Ballet of Portugal, Compania Nacional de Danza (Madrid), Scottish Ballet, Ballet du Grand Theatre (Geneva), Ballet de Marseille, Bavarian State Ballet (Munich), Zurich Ballet, Basel Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Perm Tchaikovsky State Ballet, Yekatrinburg State Ballet, National Ballet of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk), Israel ballet, Ballet am Rhein (Düsseldorf), Badische State Ballet (Karlsruhe), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Montreal), Hannover Ballet, Ballet deLorraine (Nancy), Queensland Ballet (Brisbane), Introdans (Arnhem), Oregon Ballet Theater and Dortmund Ballet (Germany).