Giovanni Gallini

(1728—1805) dancer and theatre manager

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(Giovanni-Andrea Gallini, also known as Sir John Gallini; born 7 January 1728 in Florence, died 5 July 1805 in London), dancer, choreographer, impresario, and writer. Gallini studied dancing in Paris under François Marcel and danced at the Académie Royale de Musique until at least 1754. He went to London shortly afterward, appearing at Covent Garden on 17 December 1757 in the pantomime-ballet The Judgement of Paris and in a comic dance The Sicilian Peasants. In the 1758/59 season at the King's Theatre, he directed dances for an opera by Gioacchino Cocchi and began to gain fame as a dancer. By 1759/60 Gallini was principal dancer at the King's Theatre and director of all the opera dances there. In the 1761/62 season, he began his profitable association with Johann Christian Bach, providing ballets for his first London opera, Orione, and for his Zanaida. Gallini was at Covent Garden again in 1763/64 as director of dances and at the King's again the following season.


From The International Encyclopedia of Dance in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Dance.

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