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Gertrud Kraus

Hebrew: גרטרוד קראוס
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Death: November 13, 1977 (76)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Leopold Kraus and Olga Kraus
Sister of Robert Kraus; Margarethe Kraus and Victor Kraus

Occupation: Israeli pioneer of modern dance in Israel.
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About Gertrud Kraus

Gertrud Kraus, 1901 – 1977, Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

Gertrud Kraus (Hebrew: גרטרוד קראוס‎; 5 May 1901 - 13 November 1977) was an Israeli pioneer of modern dance in Israel.

Gertrud Kraus was born in 1901 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. Her father, Leopold Kraus, and her mother, Olga (née Neubauer), married in Prague in 1899. They had four children: Robert (1900), Gertrud (1901), Margarethe (1902) and Victor (1903).

Kraus studied piano at the State Academy in Vienna but after graduating decided that what she really loved was dance. She enrolled again at the State Academy, this time in the modern dance department headed by Gertrud Bodenwieser. After graduation, she joined Bodenwieser's dance company.

A few months later, she opened a studio and began rehearsing solos to perform by herself. Her first independent recital took place in a large hall that she hired herself. Friends warned her of the risk involved, but she said: "If it's going to be a flop, at least it will be a spectacular one!"

In the 1920s, Kraus's style was known as expressionistic dance, or German dance.

In 1930, an impresario invited her to perform in Mandate Palestine. Her tour was a great success and she was invited back the following season. In 1933, her company performed her work Die Stadt wartet ("The City Waits"), presenting the modern metropolis as a fascinating but dangerous place. It was based on a short story by Maxim Gorky. On the night that Adolf Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany, Kraus's company performed this piece on the open-air stage in the garden of the Burgtheater. For several years, Gertrud Kraus was chief assistant to Rudolf von Laban, director of the annual trade unions parade in Vienna.

In 1933, while she was in Prague performing for the Zionist Congress, leaders of a Czech communist cell contacted her and tried to recruit her for their purposes. The next day, she went to the Palestine Office in Prague, and applied for immigration.

Kraus moved to Tel Aviv in 1935, first living with friends and then renting a basement that became her studio. She formed a modern dance company affiliated with the Tel Aviv Folk Opera, which was probably the only one of its kind in the world. In 1949, she won a scholarship to travel to the United States to learn the newest trends in modern dance.

In 1950–1951, she founded the Israel Ballet Theatre, and became its artistic director. The company folded after a year due to financial difficulties. Until her death in 1977, Kraus devoted herself to teaching dance, as well as painting and sculpture.

In 1968, Kraus was awarded the Israel Prize, in dance.


About גרטרוד קראוס (עברית)

ויקיפדיה: גרטרוד קראוס ( 5 במאי 1901 - 13 בנובמבר 1977) הייתה מחלוצות המחול המודרני בארץ ישראל

קראוס נולדה באוסטריה בשנת 1901. היא למדה ריקוד בבית הספר של גרטרוד בודנויזר, ממולידות המחול המודרני. קראוס יצרה ולימדה באוסטריה ובגרמניה עד עלייתה בשנת 1935. בארץ המשיכה ביצירת מחול אקספרסיוניסטי בו שאפה להביע באמצעות תנועותיה רוחניות שמעבר לגשמי והגופני. בשנת 1968 זכתה בפרס ישראל בתחום המחול, כהוקרה על הישגיה האמנותיים. קראוס העמידה דורות של תלמידי מחול, עד מותה בשנת 1977

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Gertrud Kraus's Timeline

May 5, 1901
Vienna, Vienna, Austria
November 13, 1977
Age 76