Tilly Losch (1903-1975) was an Austrian-born dancer, choreographer, actress and painter.
Born in Vienna as Ottilie Ethel Leopoldine Losch, Tilly Losch studied ballet from childhood
at the Vienna Opera, making her student debut in 1913 in Louis Frappart’s 1885 Wiener Walze.
“ My role of ballerina comes first. Second is my work as a choreographer. My acting comes third, my painting fourth, I rate
my role as Lady Carnarvon fifth in importance simply because I can’t think of anything interesting to put after painting.”
Her best known conception was “The Hand Dance”
(a collaboration with her Viennese colleague, Hedy Pfundmayr)
which featured in a short dance film by Norman Bel Geddes.