Fanny Elssler

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.


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Elssler, as a string quartet, and in Haydn's own catalog listed as "a Sei Stromenti," as well as a quartet.
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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.
(27.) Fanny Elssler was one of the greatest ballerinas of the romantic era, being noted for her passion and dramatic flair.
In the early 1880s the elite went to the Theatre Principal (beside the Alameda de Paula), but from 1838 the best performances (which included the Austrian dancer Fanny Elssler's in 1841, and the French actress Sarah Bernhardt's in 1887) were to be seen at the Tacon Theatre, which was in the Parisian style, with dimensions similar to those of the Haymarket -- according to one Briton, Mathilde Houston in 1844.
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. In the world of 19th-century ballet, influential men were admitted backstage to meet the dancers and seek their sexual favors.
But GWS' first major classical teacher was the distinguished English dancer James Sylvain (real name Sullivan--the Sylvain was adopted during his stint with the Paris Opera Ballet, 1831-33), who toured America as Fanny Elssler's partner and ballet master of her company.
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