Louis Mérante


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(b Paris, 23 Jul. (some sources say 27 Jul.) 1828; d Courbevoie, 17 Jul. 1887)

French dancer, choreographer, and ballet master. He joined the Paris Opera in 1848, as an understudy to Lucien Petipa, and went on to become one of the finest premiers danseurs of his day and a favourite partner to several ballerinas. Between 1853 and 1866 he created roles in many ballets, including Mazilier's Marco Spada, L. Petipa's Sacountala, M. Taglioni's Le Papillon, and Saint-Léon's Diavolina and La Source. He was appointed ballet master in 1869 and made his first ballet, Gretna Green (mus. E. Guiraud), for the Paris Opera in 1873. He also choreographed Delibes's Sylvia (1876) and Messager's Les Deux Pigeons (1886). Just five years before his death he created a leading role in L. Petipa's Namouna (1882).

Subjects: Dance.

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