|DANCER, CHOREOGRAPHER (FRANCE)|
BORN 23 Jul 1828, Paris - DIED 17 Jul 1887, Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine|
BIRTH NAME Mérante, Louis Alexandre
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Cimetière de Montmartre, 20 Avenue Rachel (division 23, ligne 03, numéro 17, avenue des Anglais)
Louis Mérante came from an Italian family of dancers. He was a pupil of Lucien Petipa and he appeared in Marseille and Milan before he debuted at the Paris Opera in 1848. He became one of the great dancers of his time, next to Fanny Cerrito and Emma Livry. In 1861 he married the Russian dancer Zinaïda Richard, the daughter of the dancer Joseph Richard.
He became the first ballet master of the Paris Opera at the Salle Pelletier in 1869. He held this position until it burnt down in 1873. In 1875 he became the ballet master at the new Palais Garnier. He was the choreographer of "Sylvia, ou la nymphe de Diane" (1876) by Léo Delibas. Mérante is pictured on Edgar Dégas' painting "Le foyer de danse".
Wife: Mérante-Richard, Zina (1861-1887)
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