Carina Ari


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(orig. Carina Janssen; b Stockholm, 14 Apr. 1897; d Buenos Aires, 24 Dec. 1970)

Swedish dancer. She studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School and with Fokine in Copenhagen and between 1920 and 1923 was ballerina with Les Ballets Suédois. She then embarked on a solo career but also choreographed several works for the Paris Opéra Comique and created the leading role in Lifar's Le Cantique des cantiques (Paris Opera, 1938). She also choreographed works for the Royal Swedish Ballet. She retired from the stage in 1939 and took up sculpting. In her will she endowed the Carina Ari Foundation to provide grants for young dancers as well as the Carina Ari Gold Medal for choreographers (recipients have included Ashton, Tudor, and Béjart).

Subjects: Dance.

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