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Elsa-Marianne von Rosen 1924-2014

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The dancer who created the role of "Miss Julie", Elsa-Marianne von Rosen, has died at the age of 90.

Being born in a castle into a family of nobility, ballet was certainly not on the agenda. That is why Elsa-Marianne did not go to the only school (in those days) which produced dancers for the Royal Ballet of Sweden. Hence, she could not be employed there either and it was not until 1950 when Mary Skeaping was called in from England to do the full Swan Lake at the opera house that an exception was made and she appeared as a guest artist. After that she became a member of the Swedish Royal Ballet.

Her ballet training had been done privately and in Copenhagen where she studied with Harold Lander. Her Stockholm debut took place at the concert hall where she had an evening of ballet. She took the jobs she could get, toured a lot and met Birgit Cullberg who did "Miss Julie", based on the August Strindberg drama, for her. The ballet was a great success and still lives in the repertory of many companies.

Together with her husband, the writer Allan Fridericia, she started a company "The Scandinavian Ballet" which disbanded after a few years. She has also done choreography and been a director of ballet companies..

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The dancer who created the role of "Miss Julie", Elsa-Marianne von Rosen, has died at the age of 90.

Being born in a castle into a family of nobility, ballet was certainly not on the agenda. That is why Elsa-Marianne did not go to the only school (in those days) which produced dancers for the Royal Ballet of Sweden. Hence, she could not be employed there either and it was not until 1950 when Mary Skeaping was called in from England to do the full Swan Lake at the opera house that an exception was made and she appeared as a guest artist. After that she became a member of the Swedish Royal Ballet.

Her ballet training had been done privately and in Copenhagen where she studied with Harold Lander. Her Stockholm debut took place at the concert hall where she had an evening of ballet. She took the jobs she could get, toured a lot and met Birgit Cullberg who did "Miss Julie", based on the August Strindberg drama, for her. The ballet was a great success and still lives in the repertory of many companies.

Together with her husband, the writer Allan Fridericia, she started a company "The Scandinavian Ballet" which disbanded after a few years. She has also done choreography and been a director of ballet companies..

Thank you -- very interesting to read about the creator of the title role in Miss Julie. It's a striking part.

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