ZURICH / GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two notable foreigners have died in Switzerland. Roland Petit, notable French choreographer whose erotic “Carmen” in 1949 had a major impact on the ballet world, died Sunday 10 July, age 87, in Geneva, where he had lived for more than 10 years according to the New York Times. The arts section of the paper carries a lengthy obituary.
The BBC reports that he is credited with having created more than 100 ballets in his career. He is survived by his wife, the dancer Zizi Jeannemaire, who played his Carmen, and their daughter, Valentine Petit.
Sri Lankan political candidate and Swiss citizen Aminath ‘Ainthu’ Arif died in hospital in Zurich shortly before she was scheduled to have a major skin grafting surgery, after being anesthetized and treated for a month in Sri Lanka following a barbecue fire. The fire broke out at her home in Machangoalhi Meraanage in Sri Lanka.
A man also died of his injuries from the fire and a third victim is being treated in Sri Lanka.
She is survived by three children, reports Haveeru.