Karole Armitage pictured in 2010.
Dubbed the “punk ballerina” in the 1980s for her edgy, genre-busting dances to rock music, Armitage, 59, delights in the offbeat and unexpected. She has been choreographing in the United States and abroad for more than 30 years, enriching the repertoire of companies ranging from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to the Bolshoi Ballet. Armitage also has choreographed for theater and opera (including MIT composer Tod Machover’s “Death and the Powers”). On Broadway, her choreography for “Hair” earned her a Tony Award nomination. Even further afield, her credits include choreography for Cirque du Soleil, Michael Jackson, and Madonna’s “Vogue” video. And she’ll be the choreographer for a just-announced collaboration between Boston Ballet and the American Repertory Theater, a new interpretation of Moliere’s “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,” to be performed at the Opera House in spring 2015.