Grete Wiesenthal


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(b Vienna, 9 Dec. 1885; d Vienna, 22 Jun. 1970)

Austrian dancer and choreographer. She and her sister Elsa (1887–1967) were both dancers with the Vienna Court Opera Ballet but she left in 1904 to choreograph and perform her own work, which was accompanied primarily by waltz music (Chopin and J. Strauss). She proved so popular that her sisters Elsa and Berta joined her in works that communicated a (then) revolutionarily ecstatic response to waltz rhythms. The sisters moved to Berlin where they performed together until 1910, after which Grete worked independently, choreographing and performing in vaudeville, film, and opera around Europe and the US. The Grete Wiesenthal Dance group (1945–56) toured the world and two of its members subsequently staged her dances for the Vienna State Opera Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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