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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday and Carlotta Grisi

Throwback Thursday and Carlotta Grisi
Last Throwback Thursday I featured Jules Perrot and mentioned his wife Carlotta Grisi.  She is probably best known today for her role in Pas de Quatre:  her variation has all the brisés and fouettés in it!
Carlotta began touring at age fourteen, after studying dance at the famous La Scala Academy.  It was in Naples that she first met Jules Perrot who soon became her teacher – and apparently a demanding one.  Although no record seems to exist regarding their marriage, most sources say they later became husband and wife and sometimes she danced under the name Perrot.
Carlotta Grisi created the title role in Giselle, and later went on to star in a variety of ballets in many different countries.  She retired early, and died just before her eightieth birthday, having been in retirement for 46 years.  Because she had been out of the public eye for so many decades, when she died few remembered her, and her death went largely unnoticed by those who once celebrated her stage performances. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #21:  
Carlotta Grisi created the title role in Giselle.”


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