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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Galeotti

Throwback Thursday and Galeotti

Born in 1733, Vincenzo Galeotti was an Italian-Danish dancer, choreographer and teacher. He began his dance training in Italy with Gaspero Angiolini and went on to perform with many European companies.

He traveled to Venice, where he choreographed opera ballets, and then went on to London and staged pieces included Gluck’s Orfeo. He returned to Venice as the ballet master of the San Moise Theatre.

He was lured away from Italy by an invitation to perform as a soloist and teach at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark. He stayed for the rest of his life.

In Denmark he began building the foundation for the Royal Danish Ballet, and he continued to dance himself until he was 77 years old. He created a repertoire of over 30 ballets, one of which was “Whims of Cupid and the Ballet Master”. It is the world’s oldest surviving complete ballet, choreographed in 1786.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 125
“Vincenzo Galeotti choreographed the world’s oldest surviving complete ballet.”

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