Jenny Hasselquist

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

Jenny Hasselquist
Jenny Hasselquist c. 1915
Jenny Matilda Elisabet Hasselquist

(1894-07-31)31 July 1894
Stockholm, Sweden
Died8 June 1978(1978-06-08) (aged 83)
Stockholm, Sweden
Other namesJenny Hasselqvist
OccupationBallerina, actress
Years active1916-1931


Born in Stockholm, Hasselquist attended the Swedish Opera's ballet school from 1906 and performed with the Royal Ballet from 1910.[2] 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.[3]

In 1920, Hasselquist starred in Rolf de Maré's Ballets suédois in Paris. A talented dancer, she had a flair for the modern idiom.[4] However she left de Maré after just one season, apparently dissatisfied with her potential there.[5] 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),[6] 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.[3]

She had her own school in Stockholm, and from the mid-1930s, she taught at the Stockholm Opera's ballet school.[4] She died on 8 June 1978 in Täby, Sweden.[7]

Selected filmography


  1. "Jenny Hasselquist" (in Swedish). Teater Sargasso. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  2. "Jenny Hasselquist". Nationalencyklopedin (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. "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.
  4. "Jenny Hasselquist". Store Norske Leksikon (in Swedish). Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  5. Baer, Nancy Van Norman; Museum, Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, N.Y.). (1995). Paris modern: the Swedish Ballet, 1920-1925. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-88401-081-4.
  6. Toepfer, Karl Eric (1997). Empire of Ecstasy: Nudity and Movement in German Body Culture, 1910-1935. University of California Press. p. 153. ISBN 9780520918276.
  7. "Jenny Mathilda Elisabeth Hasselquist, premiärdansös, skådespelare" (in Swedish). Gultarp Genealogy. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.