Dancers: Ronny Johansson by Max Pollak

Dancers: Ronny Johansson by Max Pollak

Dancers: Ronny Johansson

Max Pollak

Title

Dancers: Ronny Johansson

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1925  
Technique
etching & color aquatint 
Image Size
25 x 19 3/4" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
45 of 150  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22808 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Dancer Ronny Irene Johansson was born on July 26, 1891 in Latvia, to Swedish and Scottish parents. Her father, a businessman in the shipping industry, sent Ronny to a Russian and Swedish boarding schools. It was in Sweden that she established a professional dancing career, debuting in Weisbaden in 1916. After touring and performing throughout Europe, she moved the U.S. in 1925 to pursue Modern dance. She traveled first to Los Angeles to study under Ruth St. Denis at the Denishawn School of Dance. There, she met Margaret H'Doubler, who at the time was establishing the first dance major in the United States (and possibly the western world) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Johansson earned her degree there in 1928.

Throughout her time in the U.S. she became a known for her self-choreographed solo performances and was considered a rising star in Modern dance by the famed New York Times critic John Martin. However, her career in the U.S. was cut short by the stock market crash of 1929 and the ensuing economic disaster. She left once more for Europe, returning to Sweden in the early 1930s to champion public education efforts.

She founded the Swedish Dance Teachers Association and opened her own school of dance. She became a vocal supporter of women's rights as well. Johansson's work in dance and social activism continued throughout her life. In 1977, through the recommendation of Ingmar Bergman, she was awarded the state artistic salary. Ronny Johansson died in Stockholm, Sweden in 1979.