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Name: Kjeld Abell  
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Date of Birth: 25th August 1901
Place of Birth: Ribe, Denmark
Profession: Writer
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Kjeld Abell (25 August 1901 - 5 March 1961) is a Danish playwright and theatrical designer. Born in Ribe, Denmark, Abell's first designs were seen in ballets directed by George Balanchine at Copenhagen's Kongelige Teater and London's Alhambra Theatre. His first play was Medlodien, der blev vœk (The Melody That Got Lost). The play is an expressionistic piece that utilizes non-verbal and unrealistic elements, undoubtably inspired by ballet. The first production of this play was in 1935 in Copenhagen followed by a production a year later in London by the Arts Theatre.

During the Nazi occupation of Denmark, Abell used his plays to protest the loss of freedom. Themes in these plays explore freedom and escapism as self-annihilation. These works include Anna Sophie Hedvig (1939) and Dronning gaar igen (The Queen on Tour, 1943). Abell spent much of his time during the occupation in hiding due to his anti-Nazi activism.

Following the war many of his plays took on complex mystical elements. These plays include Dage paa en sky (Days on a Cloud, 1947), Den blå pekineser (The Blue Pekinese, 1954), Kameliadamen (The Lady of the Camellias, 1954) and Skriget (The Scream, 1961). Abell died in Copenhagen.


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