Gertrud Kraus (1901-77) was an Israeli pioneer of modern dance in Israel.
Academy in Vienna but after graduating decided that what she really loved was dance.
She enrolled again at the State Academy, this time in the modern dance department headed
by Gertrud Bodenwieser. After graduation, she joined Bodenwieser's dance company. A few
months later, she opened a studio and began rehearsing solos to perform by herself. In the
1920s, Kraus's style was known as expressionistic dance, or German dance. Kraus moved
to Tel Aviv in 1935 and founded Israel Ballet Theatre in 1950-51, and became its
artistic director. Until her death in 1977, Kraus devoted herself to teaching
dance, as well as painting and sculpture
'Point Of Departure'
ARMA Theatre, Ein-Hod artist's village, Israel