Iván Markó was a Kossuth Prize-winning dancer, choreographer, Gyr Ballet creator, and long-time director.
At 1947, Iván Markó was born in Balassagyarmat. Ivan Marko’s early life is largely unknown.
He did, however, graduate from the State Ballet Institute in 1967 and go on to work for the Hungarian State Opera.
Ivan Marko joined the Opera House as a principal dancer in 1971, but he did not stay long, since a year later he became the leading soloist of French choreographer Maurice Béjart’s Brussels company.
Ivan Marko was named one of the world’s top ten dancers by international critics as early as 1974, and one of his most famous parts in Béjart’s company was in The Firebird, which he performed multiple times in Budapest.
In 1979, Ivan Marko returned to Gyr and formed the Gyr Ballet, which he directed until 1991.
Ivan Marko established the Hungarian Ballet Festival in 1996.
Ivan Marko received the Meritorious Artist Prize in 1981, the Kossuth Prize in 1983, and the SZOT Prize in 1985.
In 2005, Ivan Marko was inducted into the Society of Immortals as a permanent member, and in 2007, he was given the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary.
Ivan Marko was designated an honorary citizen of his hometown of Balasagyarmat in the same year.
Ivan Marko received the Prima Primissima Prize in 2008.
Ivan Marko, who was 75 years old at the time, died on Thursday, April 21, 2022.
There is no information about his wife or children, and no cause of death has been mentioned.