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Famed choreographer Cornel Patrichi dies at 72

Choreographer Cornel Patrichi died on Monday at his residence in Bucharest.

The report was confirmed to Agerpres by officials of the Ambulance Service. Aged 72, the artist had been suffering from a serious illness and was found with heart and respiratory failure.

Cornel Patrichi was born in Bucharest on April 1, 1944. He enrolled with the Ballet School in 1953 and graduated from the Choreography High School of Bucharest in 1962. His uncle, Nicolae Patrichi, a music director of the Constantin Tanase Theatre House of Bucharest, hired him as primo ballerino with the famous Carabus music hall troupe. In 1972, Manolache, director of the Fantasio Theatre of Constanta offered him to be the primo ballerino of his theatre; he accepted and danced in Fanatasio shows for ten years, commuting between Bucharest and Constanta.

He also worked with the public television broadcaster, providing choreography for ‘Gala Lunilor’ (Months’ Gala), in 1973-1974.

While on tour in 1987 in Italy, he setttled there and started his own ballet school, Dance Studio Patrichi, 1988-2006. He returned to Romania in 1999. He is considered the creator of the television variety show genre in Romania.

He also made a name for himself as a film actor and choreographer, having starred in ‘Padurea pierduta’ (The Lost Forest), ‘Pentru ca se iubesc’ (Because They Are in Love) (1971), ‘Veronica’ (1972), ‘Un august in flacari’ (August in Flames) (1974), ‘Alexandra si infernul’ (Alexandra and Hell) (1975), ‘Gloria nu canta’ (Glory Does not Sing) (1976), ‘Melodii, melodii’ (Melodies, Melodies) (1978), ‘Sfarsitul noptii’ (The End of the Night) (1982), The King of Communism: The Pomp and Pageantry of Nicolae Ceausescu (2002).

Patrichi is also the recipient of the Cultural Merit in rank of Knight, awarded to him on February 23, 2004.

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