Carlotta Brianza


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(b Milan, 1867; d Paris, 1935 (some sources 1930)

Italian dancer. She was most famous for creating the role of Aurora in Petipa's Sleeping Beauty. She studied at the school of La Scala Ballet and graduated into the company, making her debut as prima ballerina in Manzotti's Excelsior. In 1883 she toured the US in the ballet, and in 1887 danced it in St Petersburg at the Arcadia Theatre. Her virtuoso, Italian technique thrilled audiences and she continued to be a popular guest artist in the Russian city and was eventually hired by the Mariinsky Theatre, where she made her company debut with Cecchetti in Ivanov's The Tulip of Haarlem in 1889. In 1890 Petipa chose her as his Aurora; in 1891 he used her again for the leading role in Kalkabrino. She returned to Europe shortly thereafter, where she continued to dance in Vienna, Italy, Paris, and London. After her retirement she taught in Paris. When Diaghilev staged The Sleeping Princess in London in 1921 he brought her out of retirement to assist Bronislava Nijinska in the staging and to dance Carabosse. Remarkably little is known about her later years; the date and circumstances of her death are also a mystery.

Subjects: Dance.

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