- Created on Friday, 20 January 2017 00:00
Choreographer Antun Kričković passed away in his home in Budapest in the morning hours of the 18th of January in his eighty-sixth year. Kričković was born on the 19th of February 1929 in the village of Gara in a Bunjevac Croatian family to father Grgo Kričković and mother Marta Zomborčević. After completing secondary school he studied at and graduated physical education at the university in Budapest.
After working with the SZOT group he was invited to join Zagreb's Lado ensemble, where he worked as a choreographer and dancer for three years. In 1959 he founded a Folk Dance Group that later operated under the name of Luč. From that year he taught at the Croatian-Serbian secondary school in Budapest. He founded the Budimpešta professional ensemble in 1976 and managed it through to 1989. He continued his creative work in the fold of the Luč dance ensemble and at the Croatian secondary school in Budapest.
He was the recipient of a number of decorations including the Bronze Distinguished Labour Decoration bestowed upon him by the then socialist/communist Hungarian People's Republic (1971), the Erkel Prize (1976), the Silver Distinguished Labour Decoration of the Hungarian People's Republic (1979), an award granted by the SZOT socialist national council of trade unions (1984), the Distinguished Artist Medal of the Hungarian People's Republic (1989) and the Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1995). May he rest in peace!