An Ecstasy of Purpose: The life and Art of Gertrud Bodenwieser.
Gertrud Bodenwieser was appointed professor of dance at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna. In the concert hall's basement she ran her own dance studio. Her pupils went out on tours throughout Europe as the "Bodenwieser dance group". Among some of her students who went on to pursue their own careers were such names as Vilma Degischer, Trudl Dubsky, Shona Dunlop MacTavish, Gisa Geert, Grete Gross, Erika Hanka, Hilde Holger, Evelyn Ippen, Susi Jeans, Gertrud Kraus, Ena Noël, Maria Palmer, Lisl Rinaldini, Emmy Towsey, Bettina Vernon and Cilli Wang.
Her dance "The Masks of Lucifer" showed intrigue, terror and hatred as personifications of political totalitarianism and became famous as the embodiment during an ominous time.
In the build-up to World War Two, Gertrud Bodenwieser fled with a handful of students to Colombia in 1938, where she gave a guest performance as part of the four hundred year celebration of Bogotá. She was even able to fill a bullfight arena with enthusiastic spectators. Emigration led Bodenwieser to Australia. In Sydney, she taught dance and founded the Bodenwieser Ballet. Her teaching has produced some of the most important choreographers and dancers of Australia, including Anita Ardell, Keith Bain and Margaret Chapple.
Bodenwieser was married in 1920 to the Viennese director and playwright Friedrich Rosenthal, who was murdered in 1942 in Auschwitz concentration camp by the Nazi regime.
This is a rare book about her life.