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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Richard Cragun

Ballet legend Richard Cragun, who with Marcia Haydee helped define the Stuttgart Ballet under the direction of John Cranko, has died at the age of 67.

A tribute from Reid Anderson on the Stuttgart Ballet website:
The Stuttgart Ballet mourns <br />the passing of Richard Cragun
"With Richard Cragun, we lose one of the most important members of the Stuttgart Ballet familiy, and the world of dance loses one of its grand masters",  Artistic Director Reid Anderson says. Reid Anderson remembers Cragun as a friend - and as an artistic idol: "Cragun was part of the 'Stuttgart Ballet miracle', he inspired people all over the world with his performances and many important roles that mark our repertory up to today were created for him. Cragun has always been a role model to me, and helped me a lot when I was a young dancer: among many other things he taught me the high art of partnering. I am very happy that Richard was with us on our 50th Anniversary in Stuttgart in 2011, and that he had the chance to take part in that Festival.
We will miss him forever. The Stuttgart Ballet is mourning."

The Stuttgart Ballet has dedicated its 2012-13 season to Richard Cragun and started a digital book of condolence on their website:

For a short obituary, click here.

Longer obituaries:
Paul Vitello, New York Times
Judith Cruickshank, The Guardian
A long memoir here:

Video tribute montage from the Ballet de Santiago, Marcia Haydée's company::

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