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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Throwback Thursday and Flora Fabbri

Throwback Thursday and Flora Fabbri

Flora Fabbri was an Italian ballerina during the 1800s. She was one of six (or seven) students of the famous Carlo Blasis (http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/2015/03/throwback-thursday-and-carlo-blasis.html) that were called Pleiades of Blasis. (Pleiades is a cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus that includes six stars). She was one of the first to achieve fame. She made her debut in Venice and continued to perform in many countries from the 1830s to the 1840s. In 1845 she became a soloist at the Paris Opera. She also danced at London’s Drury Lane Theatre.

Carlo Blasis wrote about her: "Her dancing, all brio and fire, transports and surprises."  However, a book entitled “The Theatres of Paris” by Charles Hervey, says this: “She does not want for agility or musicality, but her attitudes are deficient in grace.” Such is the subjective nature of ballet!

She was often partner by her husband Louis (or Luigi) Bretin, a French dancer.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Dance History Factoid #133:  
“Flora Fabbri was one of six pupils of Carlo Blasis called the Pleiades of Blasis.”

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