For a short time they were lovers. Bowie started appearing in Kemp's shows but the choreographer's greatest gift to him was helping him create the Ziggy Stardust persona. Kemp also worked with singer Kate Bush teaching her to dance."He came to my dressing room and he was like the archangel Gabriel standing there, I was like Mary," he said.
"It was love at first sight."
I saw Kemp only once in London in his production "Flowers" based on gay author Jean Genet's "Notre Dame des Fleurs". It was indelibly to link him to the gay movement and helped develop his worldwide fame. Kemo was no Nureyev. Ballet was not his thing. He developed a form of avant garde Contemporary Dance that was distinctly gay and combined mime, cabaret, dance and theatre.