Gertrud Kraus

Today I’m going to speak to you about Gertrud Kraus—a very small, very special woman. Born in Vienna on May 5, 1901, - Died in Tel Aviv Nov. 23, 1977.  You wouldn’t expect someone so petit to have such a big influence but that is the truth. I’m so honored that Henia has asked me to speak about her, something of her life.

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A Retrospective of Mallorquin Dance

This article is drawn from my ethnographic research on Mallorquin dance on the Spanish Balearic Island of Mallorca, between 2003 and 2007. The Mallorquin dance repertoires have developed in two parallel lines following the establishment of the organisation Fomento del Turismo de Mallorca (Promotion of Tourism) in 1905: for tourists as presentational choreographed dances, and for locals as participatory improvised dances in social contexts. The Sección Femenina (Women’s Division of the Falange Party) controlled dance throughout Spain and Mallorca between 1939 and 1975, when only choreographed dances were performed. These dances were devised for the national folkloric dance competitions of Spain.

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Yuri Grigorovich in Danza Ballet

As one of the most important choreographers of the second half of the XX century and a living ballet legend, Yuri Nikolaievich Grigorovich (1927) needs no introduction.

Grigorovich graduated from the Choreographic in 1946 and joined the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky Theatre), specializing in demi-caractère roles. Born into an artistic family linked to the Russian Imperial Ballet, husband of one of the greatest prima ballerinas of all time, the immortal Natalia Bessmertnova (1941-2008), his life has been dedicated to mastery of the art of choreography, excellence and carrying on the tradition of Russian classical ballet.

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Martha Graham Company at the Teatre Liceu

You would expect nothing less from the Martha Graham Dance Company than a superbly executed, attractive, and impeccable performance, alive with colour and amazing style.
"In the Centre of the stage is where I am" - Martha Graham (1894-1991).

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Lia Schubert: dancing in Israel

In 1968 Lia (Lea) Schubert arrived in Israel, after having served for eleven years as Artistic Director of the Ballet Academy in Stockholm. She decided to settle in the artists' village in Ein Hod establishing a school as well as a dance company in Haifa. The school attracted many students, young people and adults, dance fans and professionals, dancers and artists of various fields. All were attracted to her non-compromising professional attitude, the variety of dance styles that were taught and the excellent teachers who came from all over the world in order to teach thanks to Lia's professional ties.

 

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