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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Marie Sallé

Throwback Thursday and Marie Sallé

Born in 1707 in Paris, France, Marie Sallé was an expressive, dramatic dancer during a period in history when technical virtuosity was more prominent. She trained under Francoise Prevost, and he sponsored her Paris Opera debut in 1721 – when she was fourteen years old.

Her rivalry with Marie Camargo, who also danced at the Paris Opera, was well-known, although they were opposites in many ways. It was in London, not Paris, in 1734 where Sallé achieved her greatest success. She created the solo Les Caractères de l’amour and a ballet, Bacchus and Ariadne, which revealed her talent as a tragic actress.

She was admired by Voltaire, David Garrick, and Noverre, and her innovations in choreography involving integration of music, costumes and story, seemed to foretell the changes made by Noverre that happened later in the development of classical ballet. She was the first woman to dance in a ballet she choreographed, and she also seemed to foreshadow the much-later dancer Isadora Duncan when she abandoned the elaborate, heavy costumes of the day for loose-fitting Grecian style dresses and flowing hair.

She retired from the Paris Opera in 1740, but occasionally appeared at French court performances until 1752. She died on July 27, 1756 at age 49.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Dance History Factoid #107:  
“Marie Sallé was the first woman to perform in a ballet that she choreographed.”

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