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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday and Jules Perrot

Throwback Thursday and Jules Perrot
Jules Perrot (1810-1892) began his career in the circus as a clown and pantomime artist.  When he moved to Paris he was hailed by critics who said he was “the greatest dancer of our time.”  His partner was often Marie Taglioni whose fame soon exceeded his, causing a conflict.  Before long Perrot was no longer welcome at the Paris Opera. He then toured throughout Western Europe and the ballets he choreographed made him famous. 

He met and married ballerina Carlotta Grisi, known for her Giselle – parts of which were choreographed by Perrot, but wholly attributed to Coralli – since Perrot wasn’t welcome at the Paris Opera.  Perrot’s other ballets include:  La Esmeralda, Faust, Ondine, and Pas de Quatre.
Perrot danced and choreographed in Russia for more than a decade (1848-1858), but then returned to Paris.  The painter Edgar Degas used Perrot as his model for the ballet master in several of his paintings.
Perrot died destitute in 1892, but his spirit lives in on his ballets and in the paintings of Edgar Degas.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #27:
“Jules Perrot is seen in paintings by Edgar Degas as the ballet master.”

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