Suzanne Douvillier

(d. 1826)

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(née Vallande; b Dole; d New Orleans, 30 Aug. 1826)

French dancer and choreographer. It is thought she studied at Paris Opera Ballet School and in 1792 came to New York with her partner, Alexandre Placide. They toured America before making a base in Charleston where she danced in ballets by Gardel and Noverre and also choreographed her own Echo and Narcissus (1796). She married the singer Louis Douvilier after he fought a duel with Placide and settled with him in New Orleans where she continued to perform as well as choreograph many ballets, for which she also designed and painted the scenery.

Subjects: Dance.

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