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James Harvey D'egville

(b c.1770; d c.1836) British dancer and choreographer. He was the son of Pierre D'Egville (ballet master at Drury Lane and Sadler's Wells Theatres), and as a child ...

D'Egville, James Harvey

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...D'Egville, James Harvey ( b c . 1770 ; d c .1836 ) British dancer and choreographer . He was the son of Pierre D'Egville (ballet master at Drury Lane and Sadler's Wells Theatres), and as a child danced at the King's Theatre ( 1783 ). Between 1784 and 1785 he performed at the Paris Opera and was much admired by Dauberval . After 1793 he was back in London, working with Noverre, and between 1799 and 1809 he was choreographer at the King's Theatre, creating such works as Achille et Déidamie ( 1804 ). He composed the music for many of his...

D'egville, James Harvey

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...'egville, James Harvey (born c. 1773 in England), ballet master. D'Egville was the most influential English ballet master since John Weaver . His father, Peter D'Egville had moved to England from France in 1770 and was himself ballet master at Drury Lane, at Covent Garden, and briefly at the major London opera house, the King's Theatre. Peter intended a ballet career for his son from an early age— James Harvey 's first appearance at the King's was as a child in 1783 . After his initial training in England, the young dancer was sent to France, where he...

James Harvey D'egville

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(b c.1770; d c.1836)British dancer and choreographer. He was the son of Pierre D'Egville (ballet master at Drury Lane and Sadler's Wells Theatres), and as a child danced at the King's Theatre (1783). ...
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The first London ballet performances were given by French and Italians during the 17th and 18th centuries, though two English men, John Weaver (dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer) and John ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...for ballet was further whetted by A. Vestris and Noverre performing seasons at the King's Theatre and Drury Lane, as well as by Didelot 's work at the King's Theatre ( 1796–80 ). However, efforts to establish an English academy of dancing by the English ballet master James Harvey D'Egville were unsuccessful and the domination of foreigners continued with Blasis 's appointment as ballet master at the King's Theatre ( 1830–40 ), M. Taglioni 's debut in 1830 , and Perrot 's appointment as ballet master at Her Majesty's Theatre ( 1842–8 ) under the...

Deshayes, André

Deshayes, André (24 January 1777)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...1800 in James Harvey D'Egville's revival of Jean Dauberval 's Les Jeux d'Églé , presented at the King's Theatre. Deshayes again left the Paris Opera in 1802 with his wife, Elisabeth Duchemin , to dance at La Scala in Milan. After two years there they went to London, where they were engaged as principal dancers at the King's Theatre. Deshayes retained this position until 1811 , his wife until 1810 . A souvenir of his achievements at this time is a print after a drawing by François Huet-Villiers , depicting a pose from D'Egville's ballet Achille...

Gallini, Giovanni

Gallini, Giovanni (7 January 1728)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...and became its proprietor in 1783 and again from 1785 to 1789 . As a theater proprietor, Gallini traveled in Europe to engage singers and dancers. Many of the finest dancers and dancing masters came to London at his invitation: Jean Dauberval , Charles Le Picq , James Harvey D'Egville, Jean-Baptiste Hus, Antoine-Bonaventure Pitrot , Louis Nivelon , Simon Slingsby, and Auguste Vestris . During one European visit Gallini received the Knighthood of the Golden Spur from the pope and henceforth styled himself Sir John Gallini. His transformation into an...

Dauberval, Jean

Dauberval, Jean (19 August 1742)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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... they became the most consistently popular French ballets for almost fifty years, far outliving works produced at the Paris Opera. It was also in Bordeaux that many of the important ballet masters of the next generation learned their craft, including Jean-Louis Aumer , James Harvey D'Egville, Charles-Louis Didelot , and Eugène Hus . Despite Dauberval's artistic successes, intrigue and his own extravagance created an uneasy atmosphere. In 1787 the Bordeaux theater proposed to release Mademoiselle Théodore from her contract to save on salaries, a move...

Circus

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...is significant that the greatest equestrian of the age, Andrew Ducrow ( 1793–1842 ), studied as a child with James Harvey D'Egville , ballet master of the King's Theatre Opera House, and that he was cited for his dancing talent by the time he was eight. Both Ducrow's poses plastiques on horseback, such as Le Bouquet de l'Amour, ou Les Jeux de Zéphyre et de Cupidon (c. 1820 ), and his pyrrhic dance reflected analogous passages in the ballets d'action staged by his master. Ducrow's best partner, Louisa Woolford ( 1814–1900 ), known as “The Sylph of the...

Pantomime

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...and Joe Bologna, Jr., as Harlequin in drag satirized André Deshayes and James Harvey D'Egville's pas de deux from Achille et Déidamie ( 1804–1805 ). In the parody, Ulysses's hamper became a market girl's basket. The Times (London) commented in 1840 that the trips of Harlequin and Columbine were “merely to fill up the time while the carpenter is preparing some elaborate piece of mechanism.” The interaction between Harlequin and Columbine assumed greater emphasis after James Robinson Planché extended the fairy opening and the transformation scene,...

Fille Mal Gardée, La

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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... Charles-Louis Didelot was Colas. The London Times wrote on 2 May that “the action throughout of didelot and d'auberval renders totally unnecessary the descriptive word.” On 16 May the same paper commented: “The Spinning Wheel and Tambourine scene may be deemed the perfection of Pantomime.” In London, revivals and new productions carried the ballet well into the next century—the King's Theatre productions by James Harvey D'Egville ( 1799 , 1800 , 1802 , and 1815 ); the Royalty Theatre production ( 1802 ) entitled Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense ; the...

Didelot, Charles-Louis

Didelot, Charles-Louis (1767)   Reference library

The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...to corrupt the morals of English youth. The King's Theatre reacted by postponing performances of Bacchus et Ariadne , in which the offensive costumes had been seen, and by insisting that white stockings replace the flesh-colored ones Didelot had worn. The next year James Harvey D'Egville replaced Gallet as choreographer, and Didelot appeared in three of his ballets. In 1800 Didelot choreographed a two-act version of Laura et Lenza , followed the next year by Alonzo the Brave and the Fair Imogine , based on a poem by Matthew (“Monk”) Lewis. Didelot's...

Don Quixote

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...Zingarelli , scenery by Paolo Landrian, and costumes by Motto and Mazza. In the nineteenth century, the popularity of ballets about Don Quixote increased. Charles-Louis Didelot produced a two-act ballet about the errant knight in Saint Petersburg in 1808 , and James Harvey D'Egville mounted a version in London in 1809 . Paul Taglioni presented his version in Berlin in 1839 , and Salvatore Taglioni mounted a production at the Teatro Regio, Turin, during the 1843/44 season. All these ballets differed considerably in narrative and choreographic...

Great Britain

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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... ballet, in which dancing is presented for its own sake. Yet ballet masters continued to create ballets d'action . The English ballet master James Harvey D'Egville, for example, created a large number of ballets in this genre— Pigmalion ( 1801 ), Achille et Déidamie ( 1804 ), and Le Siège de Cythère ( 1827 ; a theme that had been treated by Dauberval in 1791 ). It was not that he could not choreograph good dances, for D'Egville did this in divertissements such as La Fête Chinoise ( 1808 ) and Le Bal Champêtre ( 1826 ). He simply valued...

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