Richard Cragun

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Richard Cragun
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Born (1944-10-05)5 October 1944
Sacramento, California, United States
Died 6 August 2012(2012-08-06) (aged 67)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Cause of death Seizure
Years active 1962–2012
Known for Stuttgart Ballet
Partner(s) Roberto de Oliveira (1998–2012 (Cragun's death))

Richard Cragun (5 October 1944 – 6 August 2012) was an American ballet dancer – one of the most influential dancers of the twentieth century.[1]

Cragun was born in Sacramento, California, United States. He studied at the Banff School of Fine Arts (Canada), the Royal Ballet School (London), and with Vera Volkova (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Cragun's artistic development is closely associated with John Cranko, who engaged him in 1962 for the Stuttgart Ballet. With Cranko's choreography (e.g. Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, The Taming of the Shrew), Cragun became world-famous. He also forged a successful partnership with the ballerina Marcia Haydée. Even after Cranko's death, Cragun remained at the Stuttgart Ballet through the end of his dancing career in 1996. There, and in his many guest appearances around the world, he worked with several choreographers who have significantly influenced the development of dance. He danced in works choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan, John Neumeier, Jiri Kylian, William Forsythe, and Maurice Bejart.

From 1996 to 1999, he was ballet director at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. He left Berlin in 1999 to start a new ballet company in the Brazilian city of Curitiba and at the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro with his partner Roberto de Oliveira. Cragun was also a noted cartoonist, who mounted several exhibitions of his work. Cragun died in Rio de Janeiro on 6 August 2012, at the age of 67.[2]


  1. ^ "Balletttänzer Richard Cragun gestorben - Bühne - " Kultur" (in German). Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "The Ballet World Loses a Prince: Richard Cragun dies at 67". Gramilano. Retrieved 2012-08-08. 

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