Tilly Losch

(c. 1904—1975)

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(orig. Ottilia Ethel Leopoldine; b Vienna, 15 Nov. c.1904; d New York, 24 Dec. 1975)

Austrian dancer, choreographer, actress, and painter. She studied at the Vienna Opera Ballet School and danced with the company (1921–8), creating her first major role in Kröller's Schlagobers (1924). During this period she also acted in plays at the Vienna Burg Theatre and choreographed and performed in Max Reinhardt's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Salzburg and New York, 1927). She then toured in recitals and revues before joining Les Ballets 1933, the company financed by her husband, Edward James. Here she created principal roles in Balanchine's Errante and The Seven Deadly Sins. The company disbanded after a year on her divorce from James, and she turned to film, appearing in exotic dancing acting roles. In 1940 she was guest artist with Ballet Theatre. From 1950 onwards she concentrated on painting.

Subjects: Dance.

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