Elna Jørgen-Jensen

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Elna Jørgen Jensen ( Elna Ørnberg , née Elna Eleonora Fobian ; born March 20, 1890 in Copenhagen , † March 18, 1969 in Madrid ) was a Danish ballet dancer.

Jørgen Jensen attended the ballet school of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen from the age of seven . After a few child roles, she made her debut in 1907 as the fairy godmother in Emilie Walboms Harlequin Millioner . She had her breakthrough the following year in the demanding role of Pierette in the same ballet. In 1910 she became a solo dancer in the ballet of the Royal Theater.

In 1913 she performed in Les Sylphides , in 1914 she danced the Birthe in Et Folkesagn and in 1915 the Rosita in Fjernt fra Danmark . In 1916 she had success in the title role of Walboms Sylvia . After taking private lessons from Michel Fokine in 1918 , she danced the Tabori in Walboms En nat i Egypt .

After she had performed the ballet Brudefærden i Hardanger at the Komische Oper in Berlin with Grete Ditlevsen , Richard Jensen , Gustav Uhlendorff and others in 1909 , she performed with the group and John Andersen in London in 1921 and gave a guest performance in 1927 under Johannes Poulsen the Paris Opera. At the beginning of the 1920s, she also tried her hand as an actress and entered a. as Solveig in Peer Gynt and as a princess in Der var Engang .

She has also choreographed a number of ballet performances, such as Tycho Brahe's Drøm (1924), Kysset (1927), Hybris , (1930) and Strauss i Paris (1931). In 1930, in collaboration with Robert Storm Petersen and the composer Knudåge Riisager, the sensational ballet Petrol was created . During a guest performance by George Balanchine at the Royal Theater in the 1930–1931 season, she assisted him in the choreographies of Legetøjsbutikken , Scheherazade and Den trekantede Hat

Due to differences with the new ballet master Harald Lander , Elna Jørgen Jensen ended her work at the Royal Theater in 1933. In 1936 she founded a ballet school with her second husband, the dancer Johannes Leif Ørnberg (her first marriage was with the director Erik Jørgen-Jensen from 1910 to 1928 ). The couple took part in National Socialist propaganda during the Second World War and were convicted of collaboration after the liberation. Leif Ørnberg was sentenced to five years imprisonment and the loss of his pension, Elna Jørgen Jensen was sentenced to two and a half years imprisonment and the suspension of the Ingenio et arti order that she had received in 1922.

After serving their sentences, the couple went to Madrid and reopened a ballet school there. Paralyzed after a stroke, Elna Jørgen Jensen died in Madrid in 1969.