Marija Maga Magazinović

Name Marija Maga Magazinović
Spouse and other names Gezeman
Date of birth October 14, 1882
Date of death 1968
Country Serbia
Language Serbian
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About her personal situation

Born in Užice, Serbia. She had graduated from both primary school and gymnasium in Užice.  She had studied high school in Belgrade, as well as Faculty of Philosophy 1898-1904. After graduation, she had become the first female journalist in the newly founded magazine Politika, now the oldest one in Serbia. She travelled to Germany in 1909, starting her education as a dancer. In 1912-13, during Balkan wars, Maga Magazinović was a nurse. Her marriage with German Gerhard Gezeman lasted  three years – since 1914 until 1916. Their son Harald-Rajko died early, and their daughter, Rajna Gezeman, was born in 1917. This is the time when Maga became acquainted with the dance school by Rudolf von Laban. Upon her return to Belgrade, in 1919, she reopened her School for Rhythmic and Plastic. She had become teacher of a female gymnasium in 1910, and was retired from the post in 1914.  During her whole teaching career, and after the retirement, Maga Magazinović was a dancer, teacher and theoretician of  modern dance. She died in Belgrade, in 1968. 

Place of birth Užice
Place(s) of residence Germany, Serbia, and Switzerland
Place of death Beograd
Nationality srpska
First language(s) Serbian
Marital status Divorced Widowed
Number of children 2
Name(s) of children Harold-Rajko, Rajna
Gender of children M (1) F (1)
Education University education

About her professional situation

She was a feminist, an intellectual, a leftist, a teacher, a translator, a philosopher, and a professional journalist. She was the first Serbian woman who worked as a professional journalist in the oldest Serbian newspaper - Politika. She was a professional dancer, a teacher of dancing (she led the school for rhythmic gymnastics, for 25 years), and she wrote a lot about rhythmic gymnastics, dance, and about female body. She belonged to the Belgrade intellectual circles from the beginning of XX century. In 1920, together with Zora Prica, she established the school for recitation, foreign languages and aesthetic gymnastics, in Belgrade. Her work contributed to the modernization of the patriarchal society in Serbia at that time.

Profession(s) and other activities Contributor to periodical press, Nurse, Actress, Social-cultural activist, Teacher/governess, Philosopher, and Translator
Language(s) in which she wrote Serbian
Financial aspects of her career Stipend/allowance/pension
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