Grahn-Young, Lucile

DANCER, BALLET DIRECTOR (DENMARK)
BORN 30 Jun 1819, Kopenhagen - DIED 4 Apr 1917, München
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alter Nördlicher Friedhof, Arcisstrasse (Arkaden 5)

Lucile Grahn studied under August Bournonville in Kopenhagen. She debuted at the Royal Ballet in Kopenhagen. Bournonville fell in love with her and took her to Paris in 1834 but didn't allow her to dance there. She turned to princess Wilhelmina of Denmark and when she was eighteen years old she was engaged as solo dancer at the Royal Theatre in Kopenhagen. She left there only two years later after a conflict and returned to Paris where she was succesful.

She held guest engagements in Hamburg, St. Petersburg and Berlin. In 1845 she was at the height of her career when she performed together with Fanny Cerrito, Carlotta Grissi and Marie Taglioni in London at the premiere of Perrot's "Pas-de-Quatre" that was written especially for them.

In 1856 she married opera singer Friedrich Young. He was seriously wounded during a performance in Würzburg a few years later and was bound to a wheelchair for 29 years. In 1869 she became ballet master at the Court Theatre in Munich. There she was the choreographer of several Wagner opera's.

When she died she left her fortune to an educational institution for highly talented young people.

Sources
Lucile Grahn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
• Zuber, Elfi, Der Alte Nördliche Friedhof, Ein Kapitel Münchner Kulturgeschichte, Zeke Verlag, München, 1984

Images

The grave of Lucile Grahn-Young at the Alter Nördlicher Friedhof in Munich.
Picture by Androom (22 Aug 2010)

 


Gramme, Zénobe Théophile

Published: 6 Jul 2014
Last update: 6 Jul 2014