Ulf Gadd


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(b Gothenburg, 8 Mar. 1943; d Bali, 9 Jun. 2008)

Swedish dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. He studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet School, joining the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1960. He became a soloist in 1965. In 1968 he danced with the Harkness Ballet in the US, before returning to Sweden. In 1969 he made his choreographic debut in Gothenburg with Ebb and Flood (mus. Telemann), which he later staged for London Festival Ballet. In 1970 he created a very successful version of The Miraculous Mandarin, which he went on to stage for the Royal Swedish Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and the Berlin Opera Ballet. A natural popularizer, impatient with the academic conventions of ballet, he co-founded the New Swedish Ballet (Les Nouveaux Ballets Suédois) in 1970, which toured Europe. Between 1972 and 1988 he was with Gothenberg Ballet as ballet master, principal dancer, and artistic director (appointed 1976). A list of his works includes Choreographic Études (mus. Ohana, Cullberg Ballet, 1973), Maison de fous (mus. Viking Dahl, 1973), Sleeping Beauty (with B. Holmgren, Royal Swedish Ballet, 1974), Kalevala (mus. Sibelius, Gothenburg, 1975), Queen Kristina (1978), Coppélia (mus. Delibes, 1979), Diaghilev's Russian Ballet (1980), The Rite of Spring (1982), The Ring (mus. Wagner, 1983), and Tango Buenos Aires 1907 (mus. Argentinian tango, 1985). In 1988 he went to Bali to study its dance and music. Between 1996 and 1999 he returned to Sweden as ballet director in Gothenburg but then went back to Bali where he had converted to Hinduism.

Subjects: Dance.

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