Yvonne Georgi


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(b Leipzig, 29 Oct. 1903; d Hanover, 25 Jan. 1975)

German dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and teacher. An important figure in the German dance renaissance of the 1950s and 1960s. She studied in Leipzig, at the Dalcroze Institute in Hellerau (1920) and from 1921 at the Wigman School in Dresden, where she performed with the Wigman group. Although trained in the Wigman aesthetic, and with no significant classical influences in her background, she maintained an interest in ballet and eventually became closely associated with it. She made her Leipzig debut in 1923, and toured as a solo recitalist throughout Europe and North America; additionally presenting duet evenings with Harald Kreutzberg. In 1924 she joined Kurt Jooss's company in Münster. She was ballet mistress in Gera (1925) and in Hanover (1926–31, 1933–6), where she also opened a school. She additionally worked in the Netherlands, where in 1931 she founded a dance school and a performing group in Amsterdam, which eventually became the Ballets Yvonne Georgi. In 1941 the group became the resident company of the Amsterdam Opera House and Georgi remained in Holland during the course of the war. Afterwards she was in Paris, choreographing Berger's 1950 film Ballerina, and in Germany where she moved in 1951, as ballet mistress of the Abraxas company and then Düsseldorf Opera Ballet (1951–4). She was ballet director in Hanover (1954–70) and director of the dance department at Hanover's Academy of Music until 1973. Although a minor choreographer, she staged ballets throughout Germany and her 1962 ballet Metamorphosen is considered one of the outstanding German ballets of the period.

Subjects: Dance.

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