Ivan Nagy Has Died at 70 [Video]

I first read the news on Angel Corella’s Facebook wall. I immediately went to google to confirm, but found absolutely nothing on Nagy’s passing.

A day later, again Corella wrote on his wall about how saddened he was with the loss of the dancer, teacher and ballet director to several companies, Ivan Nagy.

Ivan Nagy Has Died at 70

Ivan Nagy, one of the great names in dance dur­ing the twen­ti­eth cen­tury, died  in Bud­apest; he was 70-years-old.

Nagy was born on 28 April 1943 in Hun­gary. He trained first with his mother going on to per­form with the Bud­apest State Opera Bal­let. Fre­deric Frank­lin spot­ted the young man when Nagy won a sil­ver medal at the Inter­na­tional Bal­let Com­pet­i­tion at Varna in 1965. As dir­ector of the National Bal­let of Wash­ing­ton at the time, Frank­lin invited  Nagy to appear as a guest artist with the com­pany. He went on to per­form with the New York City Bal­let and became a prin­cipal dan­cer with the Amer­ican Bal­let Theatre in 1968.

He danced with all the great baller­inas of his day includ­ing Mar­got Fon­teyn and Carla Fracci, but it per­haps with Cyn­thia Gregory, Gel­sey Kirk­land and Nat­alia Makarova that he formed his most fam­ous part­ner­ships. Max Waldman’s iconic photo of Nagy and Markarova in Swan Lake is a fix­ture in dance shops every­where. He said that he was always “a little in love with my partners.”

For full artilce go to Gramilano.com.

Ivan Nagy Has Died at 70

Here’s Nagy dancing with Natalia Makarova Swan Lake with ABT. This 16 part series shows Ivan’s artistry and great partnership with Makarova.

American Ballet Theater. Telecast on June 30, 1976, Staging by David Blair after Petipa and Ivanov. Conducted by Akira Endo. Scenery: Oliver Smith; costumes: Freddy Wittop; lighting: Jean Rosenthal.

Natalia Makarova (Odette/Odile), Ivan Nagy (Prince Siegfried), Lucia Chase (Princess-Mother), Enrique Martinez (Wolfgang), Terry Orr (Benno), Marcos Paredes (Von Rothbart), and William Carter (Spanish dance), with Warren Conover, Kristine Elliott, Nanette Glushak, Jolinda Menendez, Hilda Morales, Kirk Peterson, Frank Smith, Marianna Tcherkassky, Clark Tippett, Charles Ward, Rebecca Wright, and artists of the company.


Thanks for video to Gualtier Maldè.

Ivan Nagy Has Died at 70

May Ivan Nagy rest in peace and we send our thoughts to his family and close friends.

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