Marie Taglioni

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Birthday
23, 1804
Birthplace
Sweden
DEATH DATE
Apr 24, 1884 (80)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
23, 1804
Birthplace
Sweden
DEATH DATE
Apr 24, 1884 (80)

About

Remembered as one of the most important figures in the 19th-century European romantic ballet movement, Taglioni performed at Her Majesty's Theatre, London; the Paris Opera Ballet; and the Saint Petersburg Imperial Ballet.

Before Fame

When she was in her late twenties, she rose to fame for her work in La Sylphide, a ballet that had been created for her by her choreographer father Filippo Taglioni.

Trivia

She stirred controversy by performing in shorter-than-customary dance skirts; her less than scandalous aim was to better display her skill en pointe.

Family Life

Her father was not the only performing artist in the family: her mother, Sophie Karsten, was a famous ballet dancer, and her brother, Paul Taglioni, also had an influential career as a dancer and choreographer. In addition, her grandparents, Christoffer Christian Karsten and Sophie Stebnowska, were both opera singers.

Associated With

To honor Taglioni, Austrian composer Johann Strauss II wrote a piece titled the "Marie Taglioni Polka."