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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Vincenzo Galeotti

Throwback Thursday and Vincenzo Galeotti

Born on March 5, 1733, Vincenzo Galeotti is considered to be the father of Danish ballet.  He was born in Florence, Italy, studied dance there with Gaspero Angiolini, and performed with several European companies before settling in Venice. He lived there from 1765 and 1769 choreographing opera ballets and divertissements. From there he moved to England, where he performed at London’s King’s Theater (1769-1771), and staged several works.

In 1771 he returned to Venice where he remained until 1775. He was then invited to Copenhagen to be the ballet master, soloist and teacher at the Royal Theatre. Here he stayed for the rest of his life, performing until the age of 77. His last appearance was as Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet.

During his tenure at the Royal Theatre he staged over 30 ballets and laid the foundations of Danish ballet. His most popular work, a comedy called The Whims of Cupid and the Ballet Master(1786) is the world’s oldest surviving ballet. It is still performed in Denmark.

Vincento Galeotti died on December 16, 1816. He was 83 years old.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #143:
“Vincenzo Galeotti choreographed the world’s oldest surviving ballet.”

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― Ray BradburyFahrenheit 451

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