Renowned ballet dancer, choreographer Ivan Marko dies at 75

Kossuth prize winning ballet dancer and choreographer Ivan Marko, the founder of Gyor Ballet and the Hungarian Festival Ballet, has died aged 75.

Marko died early on Thursday, his official Facebook page said.

He was born in Balassagyarmat in northern Hungary in 1947 and worked as a dancer at the Hungarian Opera House from 1967.

Marko was invited by French-born ballet dancer and choreographer Maurice Bejart in 1972 to join the company Ballet du XXme Siecle in Brussels where he worked for seven years. In 1974, Marko was voted one of the ten best dancers in the world by international dance critics.

He returned to Hungary in 1979 and founded Gyor Ballet in which he was a lead soloist.

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