Fredbjørn Bjørnsson


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(b Copenhagen, 10 Sept. 1926; d Copenhagen, 19 Dec. 1993)

Danish dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He trained at the Royal Danish Ballet School and joined the company in 1944, becoming a soloist in 1949. Early in his career his roles included Franz in Coppélia and the first Junior Cadet in Graduation Ball. He is best remembered as a character artist, particularly associated with the Bournonville repertoire: Eskimo in Far from Denmark, Carelis in The Kermesse at Bruges, Gennaro in Napoli, and Diderik in A Folk Tale. He was also much admired as Dr Coppelius, Petrushka, and the General in Graduation Ball. He choreographed several works, including Behind the Curtain (mus. Schmidt, 1954) and Happiness on Journey (mus. Sark, 1958) for the Royal Danish Ballet. He taught at the Royal Danish Ballet School and was an international guest teacher, and coach of the Bournonville repertoire. Knight of the Order of Dannebrog (1961). He was married to the dancer Kirsten Ralov.

Subjects: Dance.

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