Dancer, mime artist Lindsay Kemp dies

LONDON — Influen­tial British dancer, choreographer and mime artist Lindsay Kemp has died at 80.

Director Nendi Pinto-Duschunsky said Saturday that Kemp died suddenly after a “perfect” day rehearsing with his students. He was about to work on his memoirs and to go on tour, she said.

Kemp, who often perfor­med in stark-white face make­up and dramatic costumes, was born in 1938 and formed his dance company in the 1960s. He is credited with helping David Bowie create his Ziggy Stardust persona. He choreographed and performed during Bowie’s celebrated Ziggy Stardust concerts in London.

Kemp was, until recently, working on a social theater project that he had hoped would be put on in Como, Italy, in September.