Gisa Taglicht ; Unknown; nd; 2007.005


Gisa Taglicht

About this object

Dance teacher, Gisa Taglicht (born Frankl) came to New Zealand from Vienna in 1939. She was a member of a prosperous, well-respected Jewish business family. Her interest in dance began in 1919 when she joined a gymnastics club run by her future husband Adolf Taglicht. The Nazi regime forced Gisa to flee Europe. By 1940, she was settled in Wellington, employed by the YWCA to teach movement and rhythmical gymnastics. 'Madame Taglicht' believed that everybody had it in themselves to move with grace, if only they were shown how, and this grace should be part of everyday life. The superintendent of the Department of Education recognised the value of her work, and incorporated it into the training of physical education teachers. From 1955, she taught at residential schools for the New Zealand Drama Council, later with the drama school of the New Zealand Players and the New Zealand Opera Company. When the Parents' Centres were set up in the early 1950's, they engaged her to teach relaxation techniques in childbirth.



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Medium and Materials

Oil on Canvas

Inscription and Marks

The letters G.T. are written in the bottom left hand corner. Another symbol is painted in the bottom right hand corner.

Subject and Association Description

Taglicht: Gisa

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