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This production, performed 15 Oct. 1581, is widely acknowledged as the first ballet, although other court spectacles in a similar vein preceded it. It was performed at the Salle de Bourbon ...

Ballet comique de la reine, Le

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Ballet comique de la reine, Le This production, performed 15 Oct. 1581 , is widely acknowledged as the first ballet, although other court spectacles in a similar vein preceded it. It was performed at the Salle de Bourbon in the Louvre, a lavish marriage of music, song, and dance staged by Balthasar de Beaujoyeux (or Beaujoyeulx ) on the occasion of the marriage of the Duc de Joyeuse and the Queen's sister, Mlle de Vaudemont . Running from 10 p.m. to 3.30 a.m., the ballet presented scenes from the legend of Circe. It was hugely successful and exorbitantly...

Le Ballet comique de la reine

Le Ballet comique de la reine  

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This production, performed 15 Oct. 1581, is widely acknowledged as the first ballet, although other court spectacles in a similar vein preceded it. It was performed at the Salle de Bourbon in the ...
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... Theatrical dance form set to music. The first formal ballet, Ballet comique de la Reine , was performed at the court of Catherine de' Medici ( 1581 ). In 1661 Louis XIV founded the Royal Academy of Dance. Exclusively performed by male dancers, ballet was confined to the French court. The Triumph of Love ( 1681 ) was the first ballet to use trained female dancers. The first public performance of a ballet was in 1708 . Choreographic notation developed, and Pierre Beauchamp ( 1631–1719 ) established the five classical positions. Jean-Georges...

Balet Comique De La Royne, Le

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...Renaissance Dance Technique ; Scenic Design ; and the entry on Beaujoyeulx . Caula, Giacomo A. , ed. Balet Comique de la Royne, 1582 . Turin, 1965. Christout, Marie-Françoise . Le Balet Comique de la Royne and the Ballet de Cour . Translated by Anna Kisselgoff . Dance Chronicle 6.3 (1983): 267–272. Delmas, E. Le Balet Comique: Structure et signification. Revue d'Histoire du Théâtre 2 (1970): 142–156. Hardy, Camille . Balet Comique de la Reine: A Primer on Subtext and Symbol. In Proceedings of the Fifth Annual Conference, Society of Dance History...

Bigottini, Émilie

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...). She returned to Paris to dance in a number of ballets and opera divertissements , such as Prosperine ( 1818 ) and Olympie ( 1819 ), both by Pierre Gardel. She delighted audiences by dancing in boy's attire in Les Pages du Duc de Vendôme ( 1820 ) and Alfred le Grand ( 1822 ), two ballets by Jean-Louis Aumer . Also in 1822 she danced the title role in Monsieur Albert 's Cendrillon (Cinderella) and in Gardel's Aladin . In December 1823 , after starring in Aline, Reine de Golconde and Le Page Inconstant , Bigottini retired while still at...

Lany Family

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...danced again at Versailles in 1770 for the wedding of the Dauphin, in ballets composed by Michel-Jean Bandieri de Laval, including Rameau's Castor et Pollux, La Tour Enchantée , by Rebel and Francoeur; Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny 's Aline, Reine de Golconde; and Mondonville's Les Projets de l'Amour . Lany worked in Turin in 1773 and in London in 1775 , returning as a choreographer to the Paris Opera, where Gaëtan Vestris , his assistant since 1761 , had succeeded him as ballet master in 1770 . Because of Vestris's intrigues and interference (Vestris...

Italy

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Italian activity (even though some of its most important artists were Italians working in France, such as Balthasar de Beaujoyeux who staged Le Ballet comique de la reine in 1581 ). When ballet moved from the courts into the theatre, Milan emerged as the main centre with the opening of the Scala Theatre in 1778 and particularly with the engagement of Viganò as ballet master (from 1812 until his death). The Imperial Academy of Dancing was established in 1813 and when Blasis became director in 1837 it became one of the finest schools in the world,...

Didelot, Charles-Louis

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...Despite many difficulties, Didelot continued to stage new ballets. Zélis, ou La Forêt aux Aventures ( 14 January 1812 ) was followed less than a month later by L'Épreuve, ou La Jambe de Bois . His favored mythological themes found expression on 7 April in Zéphyr Inconstant Puni et Fixé . On 4 June 1812 Didelot brought forth the five-act La Reine de Golconde , based on a drama by Chevalier Stanislas de Bouffleurs, which became very popular. On one occasion when the management replaced this ballet with Zéphyr , the audience hissed and clamored so much...

Belgium

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...1740–1780 ), Flanders once again prospered. When the empress visited the Low Countries in 1741 , dancers performed a divertissement, Le Bouquet de la Reine , and the historical ballet Les Athéniens . A heroic ballet, Le Retour de la Paix , was staged in honor of the empress's visit to Brussels in 1749 . During this period Karel van Lotharingen , the governor of Flanders, organized a number of feasts in which comic ballets were staged. Maria Theresa was succeeded by her son Joseph II ( 1780–1790 ), whose zeal in enforcing the religious and social reforms...

Manon

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The Grove Book of Operas (2 ed.)

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...Brétigny's offer. She bids sentimental farewell to the domestic scene (‘Adieu, notre petite table’). Des Grieux returns and tells her of his dream of the rustic retreat they will share in wedded bliss (‘En fermant les yeux’). Noise is heard at the door. Manon begs her lover not to go to it, in vain. He is abducted. A ct 3.i The Cours‐laReine Lescaut and the three actresses are among the tradesmen and pleasure‐seekers (Lescaut: ‘A quoi bon l'économie & O Rosalinde’). The actresses pointedly snub Guillot, who in turn provokes the possessive and jealous...

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Hannah J. Kosstrin and Rita Felciano

The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History

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...by her: Le ballet comique de la reine (The Queen's Dramatic Ballet). But already in 1572 four of her ladies‐in‐waiting had performed Le paradis d'amour (The Paradise of Love) for the wedding of one of the royal daughters. Professional training became essential as dancing became more elaborate with the inclusion of more intricate figures, turns, and leaps. For a time, professional and amateur dancers performed alongside each other. Louis XIV ( r. 1643–1715 ), a formidable dancer, was partnered by ladies of the court as well as by at least one professional...

Music Hall

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The International Encyclopedia of Dance

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...music halls included the Eldorado (founded in 1858 ), La Scala ( 1874 ), the Folies-Bergère, Casino de Paris, Ambassadeurs, Ba-ta-Clan, Eden-Concert, and Mayol. These music halls presented spectacular revues, in which dancing alternated with the singing and impersonations that were often the main attractions. Previously, apart from visits by foreign troupes (usually Spanish), dancing had been presented mainly in public dance halls such as the Moulin Rouge, Bal Rochechouart, or Bal de la Reine Blanche. The inexpensive entertainments attracted an enormous...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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...Lyon Henry II put on La Calandria by Bernardo Bibbiena , with décor by Nannocio della Costa a S Giorgi ( fl 1524–48 ) in Italian perspective. Collegiate tragedies continued to be performed, however, in front of simple hangings and tapestries. At the Valois court numerous artists took part in the entertainments: the painter Mansenius, for example, created a mobile rock carrying 17 nymphs for the Ballet des ambassadeurs polonais ( 1573 ). In 1581 , in the famous Ballet comique de la Reine , commissioned for the wedding of the Duc de Joyeuse with the...

Paris

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Virginia Scott, Jan Clarke, W. D. Howarth, and David Bradby

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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...popular form of entertainment at court, however, was ballet , performed by the courtiers themselves. One of the best known was Balthasar de Beaujoyeulx's Ballet comique de la reine ( The Queen's Comic Ballet ) at the Salle du Petit Bourbon in the Louvre in 1581 . At the same time, there was a continuing interest in the various forms of medieval theatre, as noted above, leading to the construction of Paris's first purpose-built public theatre, the Hôtel de Bourgogne ( 1548 ), near what is now Les Halles. But just two years later, the Wars of Religion...

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Dance: c. 600 BCE - 1997  

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...in Thrace Dionysus The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable 2 1000-600 BCE 6th century BCE Performing arts Europe Greece 1581 1581 The first dramatic ballet, the Balet Comique de la Reine , is presented during French wedding festivities ballet de cour The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance 1 16th century Performing arts Europe France 1653 1653 The 14-year-old Louis XIV dances in a court ballet as Apollo, wearing a glorious sun costume, and finds that he likes the role Louis XIV (1638–1715) The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French 1 17th...

France

France: c. 31,000 years ago - 2007  

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...century Reformation Politics Persecution and repression Religion Christianity Europe 1580 1580 French author Michel de Montaigne, in his library tower, produces Europe's first volume of essays – published in this year under the simple title Essais Montaigne, Michel de Oxford Dictionary of English 3 16th century Europe 1581 1581 The first dramatic ballet, the Balet Comique de la Reine , is presented during French wedding festivities ballet de cour The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance 1 16th century Performing arts Dance Europe c. 1590 1590...

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Performing arts: c. 2800 BCE - 2009  

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...builds London's first theatre and calls it the Theatre Burbage, James (1530–97) The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature 3 16th century Britain 1500-1750 Theatre British Isles Europe Britain 1581 1581 The first dramatic ballet, the Balet Comique de la Reine , is presented during French wedding festivities ballet de cour The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance 1 16th century Dance Europe France 1587 1587 Marlowe's first play, Tamburlaine the Great , introduces the swaggering blank verse of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama Marlowe,...

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Europe: c. 800,000 years ago - 2011  

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...French author Michel de Montaigne, in his library tower, produces Europe's first volume of essays – published in this year under the simple title Essais Montaigne, Michel de Oxford Dictionary of English 3 16th century France 1581 1581 In the Oath of Abjuration the northern provinces of the Netherlands formally reject the rule of the Spanish king, Philip II Philip II (1527–98) A Dictionary of World History 2 16th century Politics Protest and rebellion Netherlands Spain 1581 1581 The first dramatic ballet, the Balet Comique de la Reine , is presented during...

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