Raiford Rogers is a native of Bad Axe, Michigan.  As a choreographer, he has created over 50 ballets including numerous collaborative pieces with prominent musicians and artists.


His works have been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.  Mr. Rogers was twice awarded National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer Fellowships.


New ballets include Naivete of Flowers and Act 2: Garden of Untamed Roses with music by Lloyd Rodgers and painting projections by Mike Nava, Joshua Tree Symphony and Still Life set to music by acclaimed Czech composer Zbynek Mateju, Schubert's Silence (piano Sonata in G Major), and John Cage's In a Landscape. Rogers also created ballets set to Beethoven's late piano sonatas and string quartets.

Other collaborative ballets include: Where Are You My Love and Merge with jazz legend Charlie Haden; Cocktails With Joey with Joey Altruda and his Mambo Orchestra; Cabin Fever with Sandra Tsing Loh; and Ex Machina with L.A. Phil composer Carlos Rodriguez. Other unique projects include Dmitri, set to a synopsis by Woody Allen; In C to music of Terry Riley; Orpheus: a Ballet-Opera; The Little Prince with composer Lloyd Rodgers; Sleepwalk with artist John Nava; and Dream Baby set to music by Roy Orbison with sets by artist Mark Stock.


Mr. Rogers co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet with Victoria Koenig in 1982. In 2002 he created the Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet. The Company performs annually at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, CSULA.

John Funk & Carol Guidry in Cabin Fever

John Funk & Carol Guidry in Cabin Fever

BALLETS  2010 - Present


Act 2: Garden of Untamed Roses (2019)

Music: Lloyd Rodgers

Naivete of Flowers (2018)

Music: Lloyd Rodgers


Joshua Tree Symphony (2017)

Music: Zbynek Mateju

Still Life (2015)

Music: Zbynek Mateju

Hradec Kralove 2019
Raiford Rogers

Raiford Rogers 

Guest Artist | GOLDEN PRAGUE FESTIVAL | Opening Gala Concert marking the 70th anniversary of the Prague Dance Conservatoire

Arts Advisor | Alberto Vilar Global Fellowship in Performing Arts

Guest Artist | Loyola Marymount University Dance Department

Board of Directors | Arts Inc. and panelist on numerous non-profit and government peer panels

Besides his work in dance, Mr. Rogers hosted and directed art segments for Life & Times (KCET PBS), profiling leading artists and architects.


Rogers was portrayed as a wiener dog in the CBS animated series Creature Comforts (Aardman Animations). His profile is depicted as Saint Bonaventure in artist John Nava’s Communion of Saints tapestries for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. As an entrepreneur, he co-created Cartesian® Original, a start-up accessory company. He was named one of the 100 coolest people in Los Angeles by Buzz Magazine. Mr. Rogers is a published poet and has been included in two poetry anthologies.


BALLETS  2000 - 2009


Ostinato In C (2009)

Piano Quintet Op. 30, Largo (Sergey Taneyev)


Poquita Fe (2009)

Music: Flaco Jimendez


Last Songs of Beethoven (2008-2009)

Grosse Fuge in B flat Op.133 (2008)

Cavatina,String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130-5 (2008)

Heiliger Dankgesang (2009) String Quartet No. 15

in A minor Op. 132-3


Adagio in Blue (2007)

Toccata in C, Adagio BWV 564 (JS Bach)


Transcription: Passacaglia (2007)

Partita II in D minor (Bach / Reger)


Transcription: Chaconne (2006)

Chaconne in D Minor (Bach / Busoni)


Sonata No. 2 (2006)

Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 (Bohuslav Martinu)


Prelude in Green (2005)

Sonata for Violin and Cello (Corelli/ Geminiani)

On Matters of Consequence (2014)

Music: Lloyd Rodgers


Schubert’s Silence (2013)

Piano Sonata No 18 in G major “Fantasie” D.894 by Franz Schubert

Preludes In a Landscape (2012)

Prelude Fantasia in A minor, BWV 922 (JS Bach).

Chorale Prelude BWV 659 (Bach/Busoni)

In a Landscape 1948 (John Cage)

Largo, Concerto for Piano in F minor, BWV 1056 (JS Bach/Kempff) 

Abschied (Franz Liszt)


Reckoner (2012)

Music: Radiohead


Four Pieces for Piano (2011)

Toccata and Fugue for Left Hand (Jeno Takacs) 

Fantasia for Piano (CPE Bach)

Piano Trio in E No. 28, Allegretto (Joseph Haydn)

Abschied (Franz Liszt)


Hammerklavier (2010)

Hammerklavier - Piano Sonata No. 29 in B flat major (Adagio) Op.106-3 (Beethoven)

Gesangvoll - Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major (Andante) Op.109 (Beethoven)

Arietta - Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor (Arietta) Op.111-2 (Beethoven)

Last Songs of Beethoven
Eric Rochin & Teresa Arteaga
Bobby Briscoe & Alexis Maragozis in Transcription

BALLETS  1990 - 1999


Charms (1999)

Music: Piccioni/Umilian


Cocktails with Joey (1997/1998)

Music: Joey Altruda and His Mambo Orchestra


Merge (1996) 

Music: “Lonely Woman” by Ornette Coleman (Charlie Haden)


Where Are You My Love? (1995)

Music: Charlie Haden Quartet West


Cabin Fever (1994)

Music: Sandra Tsing Loh


The Nutcracker (1994)


Sleep Walk Question of Balance / Problem of Dreams (1992-1993)

Music: Sonnambula (Bellini), Macbeth (Verdi), Rusalka (Dvorak), Medea (Cherubini)


Dream Baby (1991)

Music: Roy Orbison


So Nice (1990)

Music: Bossa Nova

BALLETS con't    1980 - 1989


Symphonie No. 4 (1989)

Music: Mozart


Dmitri (1989)

Scenario by Woody Allen


Orpheus: A Ballet-Opera (1988)

Music: Lloyd Rodgers


The Little Prince (1986-87)

Music: Lloyd Rodgers


Stone or Star (1986)

Music: Johann Strauss


Wishes and Turns (1985)

Piano Quartet (Bohuslav Martini)


Lysistrata (1984)

Concerto for Cello in G minor (Vivaldi)


Autumn Trilogy (1983)

Oboe d’amore Concerto in A major (JS Bach)


The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (1982)

String Quartet No. 2 (Alberto Ginastera)


Concertino (1981)

Concertino (Luciano Berio)

Concertante (2005)

Petite Symphonie Concertante (Frank Martin)


Wishes and Turns (2004/1985)

Piano Quartet (Bohuslav Martinu)


Ex Machina (2003)

Music: Crater Lizards by Carlos Rodriguez


In C (2002)

Music: Terry Riley


CHANEL (2001/1994)

Music: Amon Tobin


Cabin Fever (2001/1994)

Music: Sandra Tsing Loh / Amon Tobin


Knockaround (2000)

Music: Joey Altruda and the Jump with Joey Ska-Band

Concertante  ©2014 RRMB

Bobby Briscoe & Alexis Maragozis in Transcription

Eric Rochin & Teresa Arteaga in Dream Baby  ©2014 RRMB

Last Songs of Beethoven  ©2014 RRMB

Zbynek Mateju, Raiford Rogers, Andreas Sebastian Weiser