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It traces her career from her studies in the Mary Wigman school, through Hitler's consolidation of power and the traumas of World War II, to the continuation of her career as choreographer and assistant to Walter Felsenstein at the Komische Oper in East Berlin and as a highly esteemed opera re;gisseur.
The Life and Times of Ellen von Frankenberg is the first part of a three part series entitled Three Women in Three Worlds of Modern Dance by Karen Bell-Kanner. Parts 2 and 3 will cover the lives of Bonnie Bird and Koula Pratsika.
This fascinating study follows the life of Ellen von Frankenberg (born in 1906), who was a dancer, choreographer and director, from the days of Germany's Weimar Republic, through the first half of the German Democratic Republic.