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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Throwback Thursday and le Comte de Sissonne

Throwback Thursday and le Comte de Sissonne

A few steps in ballet are named not for how they are executed, but for a person – usually a person who excelled in that particular step or skill (balon, for example). The step sissone is on that is believed to have been named for a person, a man in the court of Louis XIV. Sissone is also one of the earliest recorded steps.

“The dancers in the court of King Louis XIV were not professional dancers as we think of them today. All noblemen were trained in dance and comportment, and those who happened to be at Versailles often danced in the ballets put on at the court. Le Comte de Sissonne was a page de la grande écurie at the court of Louis XIV so it is highly likely that he participated in the performances and the training.”

I couldn’t find an illlustration that portrayed le Comte de Sissone, and little seems to be know about his association with this common step. But it does appear that it was most likely named for him.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #256:

“François César de Roucy, le Comte de Sissonne is believed to be the person sissone was named for."

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“... the pursuit of origins is a way of rescuing territory from death and oblivion, a reconquest that ought to be patient, devoted, relentless and faithful.”
― Amin Maalouf, Orígenes

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