Raoul-Auger Feuillet

(c. 1660—1710)

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(bc.1660; d 14 Jun. 1710)

French dancing master, choreographer, author, and reputed inventor of the Feuillet system of dance notation. He taught ballroom dances from his studio in Paris and in 1700 published his Chorégraphie ou L'Art de décrire la danse par caractères, figures et signes demonstratifs, the first known method for using symbols to notate dance. In 1704 he was unsuccessfully sued for plagiarism by Beauchamps who claimed to have invented the system himself 22 years earlier. Feuillet had in fact failed to acknowledge his considerable debt to the latter but had also expanded and improved on Beauchamps's system in his own publication. He continued to embellish and refine it in later publications and also published collections of his own dances. The highly influential Chorégraphie was translated into several languages: P. Siris's English translation, The Art of Dancing Demonstrated in Characters and Figures, appeared in 1706.

Subjects: Dance.

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