Jules Perrot

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In some of Edgar Degas ' pictures , the aging Jules Perrot appears as a ballet teacher - Die Tanzklasse , 1875

Jules-Joseph Perrot (born August 18, 1810 in Lyon , † August 29, 1892 in Paramé ) was a French dancer and ballet choreographer. Perrot is one of the central figures of the “romantic ballet ” era .

Perrot was the son of a stage technician and had been taking dance lessons since he was nine. He came to Paris when he was ten . Because of his physique, which is not ideal for calm poses, he is said to have developed the very powerful and lively dance style that characterizes him; so he caused a sensation on his debut at the Paris Opera in 1830. Due to differences with his partner Marie Taglioni , he lost his job after a few years and toured the important ballet stages in Europe such as London , Milan , Vienna and Naples , where he also met and trained Carlotta Grisi . From 1836 he wrote choreographies , the most famous of which is Giselle . His successes were so significant that he was able to hire four of the most important dancers in Europe (Marie Taglioni, Carlotta Grisi, Lucile Grahn and Fanny Cerrito ) for the Pas de Quatre in 1845 . In 1851 he settled in Saint Petersburg and worked at the imperial theater, first as a dancer, then as a dance teacher. He had two children with his wife, Capitoline Samovskaya , a former student. He left St. Petersburg in 1859 and returned to Paris, where he could no longer build on his earlier successes.

Most important works

Edgar Degas: Ballet Rehearsal , 1875
  • 1836: Tarantella (London)
  • 1841: Giselle (Paris)
  • 1842: Une soirée du carnaval (London)
  • 1844: La Esmeralda (London)
  • 1846: Le Jugement de Pâris (London)
  • 1854: Faust (St. Petersburg)
  • 1855: Markitenka (St. Petersburg)
  • 1858: Le Corsaire (St. Petersburg)

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