Fanny Elssler

(redirected from Elssler)

Elssler, Fanny


(real first name, Franziska). Born June 23, 1810, in Vienna; died there Nov. 27, 1884. Austrian ballerina; one of the most outstanding dancers of the romantic ballet.

Elssler studied under J. Aumer and perfected her technique in Italy. She first appeared on the stage in 1822, and her career eventually took her to Vienna and Berlin (1827-32), London (1833), Paris (1834-40), the United States (1840-41), and Moscow and St. Petersburg (1848-50).

Elssler’s roles included Florinda in Le Diable boiteux and Lauretta in La Tarentule, both to music by Gide. She won worldwide fame for her performance of the interpolated dance “La Cachucha” in Le Diable boiteux. She also excelled as Lise in Hérold’s La Fille mal gardée and in the title role in Pugni’s La Esmeralda.


Krasovskaia, V. Russkii baletnyi teatr et voszniknoveniia do ser. XIX veka. Leningrad-Moscow, 1958.
Beaumont, C. W. Fanny Elssler. London, 1931.
Guest, I. Fanny Elssler. London, 1970.
References in periodicals archive ?
Synopsis: Fanny Elssler was one of the most brilliant stars of the Romantic ballet.
From an exhaustive examination of contemporary accounts and memoirs, Ivor Guest brings to life the personalities of the ballet scene of that time including Lumley the impresario; the great Perrot himself; international stars such as Taglioni and Elssler, Cerrito and Carlotta Grisi; and the English dancers of more modest renown, of whom the most promising was the ill-fated Clara Webster.
Elssler, as a string quartet, and in Haydn's own catalog listed as "a Sei Stromenti," as well as a quartet.
In Paquita, she evokes Fanny Elssler, and yet she has also been compared to Suzanne Farrell.
Marie Taglioni, Fanny Cerrito, Carlotta Grisi, and Fanny Elssler were among the first dancers to be renowned internationally, and they remain heralded in the annals of ballet today for their early virtuosity and expressive capacities.
Theophile Gautier's descriptions of the celebrated Romantic-era ballerina Fanny Elssler should be added to the discussion.
This score, which came from Haydn's library and was prepared by Johann Elssler and others, contains numerous corrections in Haydn's hand, includes the German text with an English text added in a hand that is probably van Swieten's, and offers the most extensive basso continuo figures of any of the authentic sources.
Fanny Elssler was one of the greatest ballerinas of the romantic era, being noted for her passion and dramatic flair.
Reviews and articles written at the time by prominent writers such as Theophile Gautier focused as much on the physical charms of the leading dancers as on their artistic interpretations, fanning the passions of competing male balletomanes who argued vehemently for either the ethereal quality of a Marie Taglioni or the sensuality of a Fanny Elssler.
Otros nombres brillaron asi mismo en el firmamento de la danza romantica, como Carlotta Grisi, Lucille Grahan, Fanny Cerrito y la atrevida Fanny Elssler, quien, al llevar por primera vez a escena la cachucha andaluza con acompanamiento de castanuelas, introdujo un agradable sabor folklorico que mas tarde se desarrollaria en los "Ballets rusos" de Diaghilev.
Sutherland: L (2) Ehlert, Louis: MS Ehrlich, Heinrich: MS Eibenschutz, Ilona: L Eibenschfitz, Jose: L Einem, Gottfried von: MS Eitner, Robert: L Elgar, Sir Edward: L (33), MS (3) Elisabetta Dorothea, landgravine zu Hesse: L Ellerton, John Lodge: L Ellis, William Ashton: L Ellmenreich, Franziska: L Elman, Mischa: L (2) Elsner, Jozef Antoni Franciszek: L Elssler, Fanny: L (2) Elvey, Sir George: L Elwes, Gervase: L Enescu, George: MS Engel, Louis: L (2) Engelan, Mr.