Harvey Krefetz was born May 10th, 1930 in Manhattan, New York to Julius Irving Krefetz and Beatrice Klionsky. The Krefetz family lived at East Clarke Place in Manhattan and lived a nice life with his father being a lawyer with his own practice.
As Harvey got older, he began dancing ballet when he was just fourteen years old and would eventually go to study with the likes of José Limón and Olga Preobrajenska among others. It was likely here when Harvey Krefetz decided to go on to become a professional dancer.
According to my grandmother, Harvey Krefetz’s cousin, this caused a rift in the Krefetz household as his father, now Judge Julius Krefetz, did not want him to pursue dancing as a career and wanted him to instead choose a more stable profession. Harvey chose to go against his father’s wishes, and Adam Darius was born.
The Beginning of a Career:
In 1946, when Adam was just 16 years old, he performed his first professional performance with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. He would go on to perform with the Britain International Ballet (1953), the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (1954), and Denmark’s Scandinavian Ballet (1962).
Over the next three decades, Adam would choreograph five ballets including Pierrot the Wanderer (1955), Quartet (1958), The Anne Frank Ballet (1959), Marilyn (1975), and Firebird (1986).
Over the course of the rest of his career, Adam wrote and published 19 books and 22 plays and was a highly successful choreographer and mime. He would continue this passion for dancing until his death on December 3rd 2017 in Finland.