Emma Livry


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(orig. Emma-Marie Emarot; b Paris, 24 Sept. 1842; d Neuilly, 26 Jul. 1863)

French dancer. She studied at the Paris Opera School and later with Taglioni, making her debut with the Paris Opera aged 16 in the title role of La Sylphide. She was appointed to premiere danseuse the same year. A dancer of an unusually light poetic quality, she created roles in three works, including M. Taglioni's Le Papillon (1860), before the tragic accident which ended her life. During the dress rehearsal for La Muette de Portici in 1862 her dress was set alight by the theatre's gas lamps, and she died eight months later from the resulting burns.

Subjects: Dance.

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