Taglioni, Marie

DANCER (ITALY)
BORN 23 Apr 1804, Stockholm - DIED 23 Apr 1884, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 94, avenue circulaire, ligne 16 (near tomb of Edouard Drumont))

Marie Taglioni was the daughter of the Italian choreographer Filippo Taglioni and the Swedish dancer Sophie Hedvig Karsten. Her slender figure lived up to the romantic idea of a perfect body and she became the leading ballerina of the romantic era.

In 1822 she debuted in Vienna in a ballet written by her father. In 1827 she was engaged at the Opera in Paris, but her big break came in 1832 when she performed in her father's "La Sylphide". She soon found herself famous all over Europe. In 1832 she married the Italian nobleman Jean Pierre Comte Gilbert de Voisins (c1800-1863). They had a daugther in 1835, but they separated in 1836. From 1837 to 1839 she worked at the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg. In 1843 in Munich she had another son by an unknown father, Georges Gilbert de Voisins (1843-1893).

In 1847 she left left the stage and moved to Italy. In 1858 she started working as a dance teacher and in 1860 she became balletmaster at the Opera in Paris. Around 1870 she left France because of the war with Germany. For financial reasons she was forced to continue her teaching work in London and Brighton between 1871 and 1880. At the time of her death in 1884 she was poor and lived with her son in Marseille.

She was initially buried at the Saint-Pierre Cemetery in Marseille and later transferred to Père Lachaise in Paris. Because her name is also mentioned on her mother's tomb at Montmartre Cemetery there is sometimes confusion about her place of burial.

Family
• Mother: Karsten, Sophie Hedvig
• Brother: Taglioni, Paul

Related persons
• performed with Grahn-Young, Lucile
• was teacher to Livry, Emma
• knew Napoleon III Bonaparte
• is brother/sister of Taglioni, Paul
• was pupil to Vestris, Auguste
• was painted by Winterhalter, Franz Xaver

Events
21/11/1831Premiere of Meyerbeer's "Robert le Diable" at the Opéra in Paris. It included a ballet in the third act with Marie Taglioni as the ballerina. François Habeneck was the conductor and singers included Adolphe Nourrit as Robert and Laure Cinti-Damoreau as Isabelle. [Levasseur, Nicolas-Prosper][Meyerbeer, Giacomo][Nourrit, Adolphe]
12/3/1832Premiere of "La Sylphide" with Marie Taglioni atthe Salle Pelletier in Paris. The ballet was created for her. The music was written by Jean Schneitzhoeffer and the libretto was by Adoplhe Nourrit. The cheoreopgraphy was by her father Filippo Taglioni and her husband Paul Taglioni and her sister-in-law Amalia Taglioni-Galster were among the performers. In 1836 a new version with different music was produced with August Bournonville as choreographer. The original version hasn´t survived and Bournonville´s version is now on of the oldest surviving ballets in the world. [Nourrit, Adolphe][Taglioni, Paul][Taglioni-Galster, Amalia]
10/7/1845Premiere of Perrot's Pas-de-Quatre in London [Cerrito, Fanny][Grahn-Young, Lucile][Grisi, Carlotta]

Images

The grave of Marie Taglioni's mother Sophie Taglioni-Karsten at Montmartre Cimetière, Paris. Marie's name is mentioned on the tomb but she rests at Père Lachaise.
Picture by Androom (19 May 2005)

 

The grave of Marie Taglioni's mother Sophie Taglioni-Karsten at Montmartre Cimetière, Paris. Marie's name is mentioned on the tomb but she rests at Père Lachaise.
Picture by Androom (19 May 2005)

 

The grave of Marie Taglioni at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)

 

The grave of Marie Taglioni at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)

 

Sources
• Cullen, Catherine, Paris, The Woman's Travel Guide, Virago Press, London, 1993
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
• Zuber, Elfi, Der Alte Nördliche Friedhof, Ein Kapitel Münchner Kulturgeschichte, Zeke Verlag, München, 1984
Taglioni, Maria | Infoplease
TAGLIONI Marie (1804-1884) - Cimetières de France et d'ailleurs
La Sylphide - Wikipedia
Robert le diable - Wikipedia


Taglioni, Paul

Published: 29 Sep 2018
Last update: 29 Jan 2022