December 20, 2014

Marie Taglioni (1804-1884), Swedish/Italian prima ballerina, as she appeared at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket, London, 9 May 1833 in the title role of a new ballet Nathalie, composed by her father, Filippo Taglioni, in which Pauline Leroux, Fanny and Teresa Elsler and M. Daumont also danced.
(hand coloured engraving from The World of Fashion, and Continental Feuilletons, London, 1 June 1833. pl. III)

Nathalie is a ballet in two acts, or rather in two scenes, composed by M. Taglioni. We cannot consider the old gentleman a genius in ballets; but this is much better than his Naïade of two years ago. It is well adapted to show off all the graces of his daughter in dancing and pantomime: it has some pretty groupings: it is simple enough to be perfectly intelligible, and absurd enough to be very amusing.’
(The Examiner, London, Sunday, 12 May 1833, p. 294b)


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