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Egon Madsen

(b. 1942)


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(b Ringe, 24 Aug. 1942)

Danish dancer, teacher, and ballet director. Although born in Denmark he spent most of his career in Germany where he was one of the four lead dancers around whom Cranko rebuilt the Stuttgart Ballet. He studied with various teachers in Denmark before joining the Copenhagen Tivoli Theatre in 1958. In 1959 he danced with von Rosen's Scandinavian Ballet and in 1961 was invited to Stuttgart by Cranko. Appointed soloist in 1962 and then principal, he created roles in many Cranko ballets, including Romeo and Juliet (new version, 1962, in which he played Paris), Jeu de cartes (1965), Onegin (Lensky, 1965), Pas de quatre, Nutcracker (both 1966), Taming of the Shrew (1969), Poème de l'extase, Brouillards (both 1970), Carmen (Don José, 1971), and Initials R.B.M.E. (1972), in which the E referred to Egon. For MacMillan he created roles in Song of the Earth (1965), The Sphinx (1968), and Concerto (1973). He also created roles in Tetley's Daphnis and Chloe (1975) and Neumeier's Lady of the Camellias (1978). He was artistic director of the Frankfurt Ballet (1981–4), the Royal Swedish Ballet (1984–6), and the Teatro Comunale, Florence (1986–8). In 1990 he rejoined the Stuttgart Ballet as ballet master becoming assistant director from 1991 to 1996. In 1997 he moved to Leipzig Ballet as principal ballet master and two years later joined NDT 3 as dancer, teacher, and rehearsal director. After that group was disbanded, he continued to teach internationally and also performed in Don Q, a comic re-invention of the Petipa ballet, choreographed for him by Christian Spuck in 2007.

Subjects: Dance.


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