Marie Taglioni was
the daughter of the famous dancer / choreographer Philippe ( Filippe)
Taglioni. Her Mother Sophia was the daughter of famous Swedish
actor Karsten ( Carstain.) She made her debut at at the
Hoftheater in Vienna in 1822 in 'La Ré ception
d'une Jeune Nymphe á la Cour de Terpischore' which was Staged
by her father. Marie made one of her earliest appearances at the
Paris Opera in 1827 in Ferdinand Albert's Cinderella Ballet.Was
briefly married to the Count Gilbert de Voisins
1832-1835 and petitioned for a divorce because the Count wanted
her to end her career.
After her great success with La Sylphide, Marie was almost a legendary
figure and rated as the best ballerina of her time, Fanny Elssler
and Jules Perrot being her only competition. ( Marie also danced
with Jules Perrot who was starting to gain more fame than her,
she refused to dance with him after awhile because of this.)
It is said that Marie was the first ballerina to 'Toe Dance' ( Reportedly
not true) and Marie's Victorian 'La Sylphide costume', designed
by Eugène Lamy ( Supposedly where the lamy fabric comes
from) in La Sylphide would change the ballet world forever.
Marie retired in 1848. Marie went bankrupt and was forced to teach
till her death in Marseilles, France.
Taglioni was Marie's dancer brother. Paul produced
many Ballets during his career which were very successful. Paul
was married to Anna Galster, and died in Marseilles, France in
Taglioni was Marie and Paul's father who made
his professional debut in Pisa in 1794. He was premier danseur
at Florence, Venice, Paris and Ballet master and dancer at Stockholm
in 1803. He is known as the father of the Romantic Ballet which
premiered March 12th, 1832 at the Paris Opera House.
Paul Taglioni ( Marie's Niece) became a
very famous Ballerina and Johann Strauss composed the Taglioni
Polka. Often confused with Marie I.