Defile HistoryHow far back does it go?
Posted 24 October 2004 - 11:42 AM
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Posted 24 October 2004 - 01:59 PM
Yes, I guess it is not really surprising that Lifar managed to arrive last on stage- he didn't exactly have a small ego !
I have no idea if something similar existed before Lifar... And actually, I don't know either what is the history of the company's hierarchy, except that:
-the title "étoile" was first given by Lifar around 1940 (the first ones being, if I remember correctly, Solange Schwartz, Suzanne Lorcia and/or Lycette Darsonval)- technically, it is "premier danseur étoile", and I guess that before that, the "principals" of the company were only "premiers danseurs"
-there used to be two more ranks in the hierarchy (until the 1960s, I think): there used to be "petits sujets" and "grands sujets" (instead of just "sujets"), and "premiers quadrilles" and "seconds quadrilles" (instead of just "quadrilles")
-the annual competition is said to have been started by Marie Taglioni around 1860, when she was a professor of the company
It would be interesting indeed to know a bit more about those details of POB history ! When I have some time, I'll try to see if I can find something about it in Ivor Guest's books, as it probably is the best source about it (by the way, is Ivor Guest still active ?), though I don't remember reading much about it...
Posted 24 October 2004 - 02:14 PM
Ivor Guest has published two more books about Paris Opera (in English) "Ballet of the Enlightenment" and "Ballet Under Napoleon."
I think he listed the 19th century hierarchy in one of his books on the Romantic Era, but I don't think anyone has done 20th century French ballet history (in English) They like to think everythig died with Bozzacchi (sp?)
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