Jenny Hasselquist

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Jenny Matilda Elisabet Hasselquist, also spelled Hasselqvist (31 July 1894 – 8 June 1978), was a Swedish prima ballerina, film actress, and ballet teacher.[1]

Jenny Hasselquist
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Jenny Hasselquist c. 1915
Jenny Matilda Elisabet Hasselquist

(1894-07-31)31 July 1894
Died8 June 1978(1978-06-08) (aged 83)
Other namesJenny Hasselqvist
OccupationBallerina, actress, ballet teacher
Years active1916–1931
Gösta Reuterswärd
  • Wilhelm Kåge


Jenny Matilda Elisabet Hasselquist was born in Stockholm on 31 July 1894 to Johannes Johansson Hasselquist and Sofia Katarina Hasselquist. She had two older brothers, Wilhelm (1887–1959), and Gerhard (1889–1950).[2]

She attended the Swedish Opera's ballet school from 1906 and performed with the Royal Ballet from 1910.[3] In 1913, Michel Fokine noticed her talents and ensured she obtained solo roles in La Sylphide and Cleopatra. She became a prima ballerina at the Royal Ballet in 1915.[4]

In 1920, Hasselquist starred in Rolf de Maré's Ballets suédois in Paris. A talented dancer, she had a flair for the modern idiom.[5] However she left de Maré after just one season, apparently dissatisfied with her potential there.[6] She went on to play leading roles in many Swedish and some German silent films including Johan (1921), Vem dömer (1922), The Hell Ship (1923),[7] and Aftermath (1927). She also appeared as a guest dancer in many of Europe's leading theatres including the Coliseum in London, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris and the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.[4]

She had her own school in Stockholm, and from the mid-1930s, she taught at the Stockholm Opera's ballet school.[5] She died on 8 June 1978 in Täby, Sweden.[8]

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  1. ^ "Jenny Hasselquist" (in Swedish). Teater Sargasso. Retrieved 3 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  3. ^ "Jenny Hasselquist". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Hasselqvist, Jenny Matilda Elisabet" (in Swedish). Svensk uppslagsbok, Vol. 12. 1949. p. 1152. Archived from the original on 19 August 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Jenny Hasselquist". Store Norske Leksikon (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Baer, Nancy Van Norman; Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). (1995). Paris modern: the Swedish Ballet, 1920–1925. San Francisco: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-88401-081-4.
  7. ^ Toepfer, Karl Eric (1997). Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910–1935. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 153. ISBN 978-0-520-91827-6.
  8. ^ "Jenny Mathilda Elisabeth Hasselquist, premiärdansös, skådespelare" (in Swedish). Gultarp Genealogy. Retrieved 3 March 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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