Biography of Gyula Harangozó (1908-1974)

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director Hungarian, born in Budapest on April 19, 1908 and died in the same city on 30 October 1974.

He began his dance studies at the school of the Ballets of the Opera of the State in Budapest under the tutelage of Jan Cieplinski, and entered the company associated with the school in 1926. Two years later it reached the category of soloist and highlighted mostly in character roles. In 1936 he was appointed principal choreographer of the company, position he held until 1939, and subsequently between 1941 and 1974.

He worked as ballet master for the theatre of la Scala from 1939 to 1941. Some of his most outstanding choreography were: scene in the Csárda (Hubay, 1936), Sybil (Victor, 1937), Polovtsian dances (Borodin, 1938), the wooden Prince (Bartók, 1939), La Giarra (Casella, 1941), dream of love (Liszt, 1942), the wonderful Mandarin (Bartók, 1945), the hat of Tres Picos (failure, 1947), Kerchief (Kenessey, 1951), Coppelia (Delibes, 1953), Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov, 1959) and Promenade concert (J. Strauss and Kenessey1968).

The awards received throughout his career, include the title of meritorious artist of the Hungarian Republic (1950), an eminent artist of the Hungarian Republic (1957) and the Gold Medal of labour (1966).