Ballet dancer

Death of world-renowned dancer and choreographer Iván Markó

Iván Markó, Kossuth Prize-winning dance artist, choreographer, founder and longtime director of Győr Ballet, has died aged 75.

Iván Markó was born in Balassagyarmat in 1947, graduated from the National Ballet Institute in 1967, then signed a contract with the Hungarian State Opera. In 1971, he became a star dancer at the Opera, but he did not stay there long, because a year later, he became the first soloist of the Brussels company of French choreographer Maurice Béjart. International critics ranked him among the ten best dancers in the world in 1974. One of his most famous roles in Béjart’s company is in Fire Birdthat he danced several times in Budapest, reports.

In 1979 he revenue and founded the Győr Ballet, of which he was director until 1991. From 1985, he was the permanent choreographer of the Bayreuth Festival. Until 1992 he was ballet master and choreographer at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and from 1993 he was guest choreographer in Vienna, Paris and Sydney. In 1996 he founded the Hungarian Ballet Festival.

In 1981 he received the Meritorious Artist Award, in 1983 the Kossuth Award and in 1985 the SZOT Award. In 2005, he became a permanent member of the Society of Immortals. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary in 2007. In the same year, he was made an honorary citizen of his hometown of Balassagyarmat. In 2008 he received the Prima Primissima award, writing Blikk.

Featured Image: A performance by Ballet Győr with soloist Iván Markó. Photo by Tamás Urban/Fortepan