Ivo Cramér

(b. 1921)

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(b Gothenburg, 5 Mar. 1921)

Swedish dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied with Cullberg, Volkova, and Sigurd Leeder, dancing in 1944 with the Cullberg Group and touring Sweden with a troupe of his own in 1945. From 1946 to 1947 he was co-director with Cullberg of Swedish Dance Theatre and from 1948 to 1949 director of the Verde Gaio folk dance company in Lisbon. He worked extensively as a freelance choreographer and operetta director in Scandinavia, most notably with the Royal Swedish Ballet, for whom he choreographed the folkloric version of The Prodigal Son (mus. H. Alfvén, 1957), which is considered his masterwork. He founded the Cramér Ballet in Stockholm with his wife Tyyne Talvo in 1967, and made many ballets for the company, including Good Evening, Beautiful Mask (1971), about the assassination of King Gustav III (founder of the Royal Swedish Ballet), and Peasant Gospel (1972). He ran the company until 1975—when he became director of the Royal Swedish Ballet—but returned to it five years later and continued to direct it until 1986. A choreographer much interested in Nordic folk art and religious themes, he was also a pioneering producer of early ballets and worked on many historical reconstructions, especially works from the 18th century (often in collaboration with Mary Skeaping). His 1989 reconstruction of Dauberval's La Fille mal gardée for Nantes Opera Ballet was a particular success. In 1992 he staged a Noverre ballet, Medée et Jason, for the Ballet du Rhin.

Subjects: Dance.

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