Kreutzberg, Harald (1902–1968) By Toepfer, Karl Eric
Harald Kreutzberg was among the most widely known German dancers from the mid-1930s through the early 1960s, and he was certainly the most famous German male dancer of the 20th century. Though he achieved worldwide recognition as a result of his partnership with the German dancer Yvonne Georgi in the late 1920s, his fame expanded and endured entirely through his solo dance concerts around the world over four decades. Early in his career, Kreutzberg aligned himself to an expressionistic approach to dance, and he remained faithful to the expressionistic aesthetic until the end of his life. But his expressionism, rooted in a highly theatrical mode of performance, always accommodated his acute awareness of what pleased audiences whenever and wherever he performed. He was important in moving modern dance to a global, popular level of appreciation.