Birgit Åkesson


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(b Malmö, 1908; d Stockholm, 24 Mar. 2001)

Swedish dancer and choreographer. She studied with Wigman and joined her company in 1931. In 1934 she made her solo debut in Paris after which she toured in Europe and America, developing her own style of modern dance. She created several ballets for the Royal Swedish Ballet in collaboration with Swedish composers, poets, and painters, including Sisyphus (mus. Blomdahl, 1957), Rites (mus. Lidholm, 1960), and Icaros (mus. Sven Erik Bäck, 1963). In 1964 she co-founded the Stockholm choreographic institute with Bengt Hager (now the State Dance School) where she was head of the choreography department until 1968. After her retirement she conducted research into traditional African dance.

Subjects: Dance.

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