Earliest Usage of Term "Star" ("Étoile") in Ballet?
Posted 09 November 2011 - 05:25 PM
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Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:48 AM
Posted 13 November 2011 - 04:21 PM
The title of etoile only became official in 1938. Solange Schwarz was the first ballerina to bre so nominated (i9n 1938), and Serge Peretti the first male dancer (1941).
I notice, however, that Guest uses the term "star" for dancers going back at least as far as Taglioni, and "premiere danseuse etoile" for 20th century Paris dancers prior to Schwarz. It seems that the use of "star" was common (unofficially) in ballet as in other performing arts, for professional dancers at least.
Louis Dupre, "le grand Dupre," emerged in Paris in 1714, the year of Louis XIV's death. Here, from Guest, is something written about him in his youth. (Translation is from Guest's book.):
As if one were seeing a god claiming worship -- a pretty good way to express what it means to be a 'STAR.". Clearly, there were serious balletomanes haunting the salles of the Paris Opera even in 1714.
When the great Dupre, with haughty mien
and crowning plumes, advanced upon the stage,
it was as if one were seeing a god claiming worship
and coming to take part in the dances of mortals.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 05:13 PM
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