Constantin Michel Telle

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Constantin Michel Telle (* 1763 or 1764 in Mons or Ath in the Walloon province of Hainaut , † January 1, 1846 in Berlin ) was a French ballet master and choreographer .

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After training as a ballet dancer with Maximilien Gardel and Louis Milon , among others , Telle and his wife Decastelli from Turin received an arrangement as a solo dancer at the Royal Ballet Ensemble in Berlin in 1792 . He was the successor of Noverre's student Étienne Lauchery and the predecessor of François Michel Hoguet . In the meantime, in May 1801, the Telle couple made a guest appearance in Mannheim. In 1813 Constantin Michael Telle was promoted to ballet master and ended his solo dancer career in 1817. In addition, he took over the duties of choreographer for the Royal Drama until 1830 . Finally, despite his advanced age, he went to the Theater Aachen from 1831 to 1832 , where his son and acting director, Wilhelm Telle (1898–1962), made him head of the local ballet.

Constantin Michael Telle not only created stage ballets, but also numerous stage dances for the various operas. He choreographed, among other things, the dances in Carl Maria von Weber's Preciosa for the premiere in 1821 and in Weber's Euryanthe for the Berlin premiere in 1825.

The life and work of this choreographer have so far hardly been researched. His works fall during the transition from the reform ballet of the late 18th century to the romantic ballet of the first half of the 19th century.

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