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 (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 would become 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 son, 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 of 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 war forced to continue her teaching work in London and Brighton. When she died in 1884 she was with her son in Marseille.

She was buried at 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

Related persons
• performed with Grahn-Young, Lucile
• was teacher to Livry, Emma
• knew Napoleon III Bonaparte
• was pupil to Vestris, Auguste
• was painted by Winterhalter, Franz Xaver

Events
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
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Talbot, Silas

Published: 29 Sep 2018
Last update: 01 Jun 2020