Michel François Hoguet

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Michel François Hoguet (born June 17, 1793 in Paris , † April 5, 1871 in Berlin ) was a ballet dancer, ballet master and choreographer at the Royal Theater in Berlin.


He was the son of a master watchmaker. In 1821 he married the actress and dancer Emilie Karoline (1801–1869), b. Vestris. He had two sons and a daughter: the painter Charles Hoguet (1821–1870), the solo dancer and later landscape painter Louis Hoguet-Vestris (1825–1900) and the actress Mathilde, married. Frey (1833-1878).

Michel François started school in 1801. As a child he already appeared in the Montansier du Palais Royal theater. He had his first lessons with a figurine who worked at the opera. Later he came to Mr. Breton, who taught at the "Théâtre de la Republique et des Arts". Then he had lessons in the dance school in the "Convent des Filles de St. Thomas". In 1803, at the age of ten, he entered the ballet school of the Paris Grand Opera. However, Hoguet's father died in 1804, which is why François Michel had to contribute to the financial support of the family. In 1805 he was hired by the Jeunes Artistes . During a stage fight he went blind after an injury to his left eye. Until 1807 he was a dancer and actor at C. Robillons Children's Theater, then under the same principal a comedian in Versailles, violist at the Paris Vaudeville and dancer with Hussenets troupe in Mainz. In 1811 he was able to continue his training with Jean-François Coulon in Paris.

Success at the Parisian Théâtre de la Gaîté in 1817 led to an engagement at the Royal Theater in Berlin, where he was the first solo dancer until 1823 (or 1833) (see “Handbook on the royal Prussian court and state”). From 1834 (or from 1833) he became an interim ballet master. In 1838 (or as early as 1837) he was confirmed as ballet master. In this function he worked in Berlin until 1856. During the revolution of 1848 he was publicly attacked for his royalist sentiments. In 1856 he had to give way to the growing popularity of his younger colleague Paul Taglioni , who was added to him as ballet master from 1852 at the latest, and retired.

Hoguet's wife died in Berlin in 1869. From 1818 to 1830 she was a member of the ensemble of the court theater in Berlin. In 1864/66 a “Fr. Hoguet “called among the ballet pantomimes. This could be Hoguet's wife (or a daughter of the two). Their son, Mr. Hoguet-Vestris, is listed among the solo dancers in Berlin from 1846 to 1852. Michael François Hoguet died on April 5, 1871 in Berlin. He had a great influence on the development of ballet in Berlin.

Excerpts of choreographies from his ballets are preserved in a ballet source owned by Amint Freising .


  • 1820 The Carneval of Venice , together with Constantin Michel Telle (pantom. Ballet in 1 recording; music: Wilhelm Telle ), Berlin 1820
  • 1820 Nina, or: Madness from love / L'oiseau de Persuis , Berlin 1820
  • 1823 The return of spring (allegorical pantomime; music: Friedrich Ludwig Seidel ), Berlin 1823
  • 1825 Aline, Queen of Golconda (Great Ballet in 3 Aufz. Jean-Louis Aumer (1774–1833), arranged for the Berlin stage and staged by Mr. Hoguet, to the retained music by Carl Blum ), Berlin [approx. 1825]
  • 1833 Vestrissimo in court (ballet in 1 act; music: Hermann Schmidt ), Berlin 1833
  • 1834 The bachelorette party (comic divertissement in 1 act, music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin, 1834
  • 1836 The Marquis of Carabas, or: The Puss in Boots (comic magic ballet in 2 recordings; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1836
  • 1836 The mother's name day, or: The cheated Alkade (ballet in 1 act; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1836
  • 1837 Robinson (pantomime ballet in 3 departments; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1837
  • 1837 The Swiss soldier Der Soldat aus Liebe (Military Ballet in 1 act, music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1837, Königsberg 1852
  • 1838 Die Feen (magic ballet in 2 departments; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1838
  • 1838 The Jubilee (military painting in 1 act; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1838
  • 1838 The Limping Devil (Music: Casimir Gide ), Berlin 1838
  • 1841 Robert and Bertrand (pantomime ballet in 2 acts; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1841, 1873
  • 1842 Die Danaïden (large pantomime ballet in 2 acts; music: Hermann Schmidt), Berlin 1842
  • 1845 The interrupted wedding (phantom com. Ballet in 2 recordings; music: Wenzel Gährich ), Berlin 1845
  • 1846 The Turkish Doctor (Ballet in 1 Aufz .; Music: Wenzel Gährich) Berlin 1846
  • 1848 Paul and Virginie (pantomime ballet in 1 act ballet after PG Gardel; music: Wenzel Gährich) Berlin 1848
  • 1849 The pretty girl from Gent (pantomime ballet in 3 acts; music: Adolphe Adam ), Berlin 1849
  • 1854 Aladin , or The Magic Lamp (music: Wenzel Gährich), Berlin [1854]


  • My theater career and my memories 1802-1856 , in: Deutsche Tanzzeitschrift , 6th issue, 1st year, September 1936, pp. 121–123.


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