Marie Taglioni - Connaught Square, London, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 51° 30.881 W 000° 09.819
30U E 696797 N 5710876
Quick Description: The plaque, to Marie Taglioni, is at the northern corner of the square on the east side.
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 6/8/2012 7:10:57 AM
Waymark Code: WMEK90
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Touchstone
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Long Description:

The blue plaque, that is in good condition, reads:


London County Council

1809 - 1884
Ballet Dancer
lived here in
1875 - 1876


The Arts Alive website (visit link) tells us:

"Italian-born Marie Taglioni was one of the most important ballerinas of the 19th century Romantic era. Romanticism was defined by a rejection of the rationalism of the preceding period. Champions of Romanticism in the arts believed in the power of emotion, imagination, intuition and individualism. They were often interested in supernatural characters and escapist fantasies. Romanticism was also marked by an increase in nationalism in response to the wars and revolts during the 19th century.

Taglioni, epitomized the Romantic qualities of fragility and lyricism as she effortlessly danced en pointe. Her rival was the lively and theatrical Fanny Elssler, a Romantic period dancer, who translated her interest in national folk dances into popular choreography.

Taglioni's name will forever be synonymous with the character of the Sylph in La Sylphide, a ballet choreographed for her by her father Filippo Taglioni. The ballet tells the story of a young Scottish farmer, James, who falls in love with a sylph on his wedding day and loses his chances for happiness when she dies.

La Sylphide is generally considered to be one of the most representative works of the Romantic era. The ballet is also important because in it Taglioni, as the Sylph, wore a costume with a white diaphanous skirt. Known as a Romantic tutu, the costume became associated with this period.

Blue Plaque managing agency: London County Council

Individual Recognized: Marie Taglioni

Physical Address:
1 Connaught Square
London, United Kingdom

Web Address: [Web Link]

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