Mlle Théodore


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(orig. Marie-Madeleine de Crépé or Crespé; b Paris, 6 Oct. 1760; d Audenge, 9 Sept. 1796)

French dancer. She studied with Jean-Barthélemy Lany in Paris and made her debut at the Paris Opera in 1777, where she excelled in ballets by Noverre and Gardel. She was eager to guest abroad however, dancing in Brussels and in London (1781–4, King's Theatre), and in 1783 she was imprisoned for eighteen days for allegedly breaking her contract with the Paris Opera. That same year she left Paris, along with her husband, the choreographer Dauberval and the two of them ended up in the Grand Theatre in Bordeaux, he as ballet master and she as principal dancer (1785–90). It was there that she created the role of Lise in the first production of Dauberval's La Fille mal gardée (1789). She later returned to London (1791–2) to dance at the Pantheon and Haymarket Theatres. It is said she was once involved in a duel with Mlle Beaumesnil of the Paris Opera; apparently it came to nothing when both their pistols misfired.

Subjects: Dance.

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