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Jean Coralli, choreographer

Jean Coralli Peracini was born in Paris on January 15, 1779, of Bolognese origins. He studied at the Opéra ballet school and made his stage debut as a dancer at the Opéra in August 1802, at age 23. Before this debut he had already experimented with choreography in Vienna in 1800.

From 1815 to 1825 he produced a number of ballets in Milan, London and Marseilles. In 1826 he became the ballet master of the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris where he choreographed a number of ballets.

It was in 1831 that Coralli became ballet master of the Théâtre de l'Académie Royale (Opéra) where he received a wide range of responses to his work that included La Tempête (1834), Le Diable Boiteux (1836), La Tarentule (1839), Giselle (1841), and La Peri (1843). Arthur Saint-Léon described Coralli's work as "... essentially French, that is to say, refined, delicate and poetic."

His son Eugène was among his pupils and went on to become a well known mime. Jean Coralli retired from the Opéra in 1848 and died in Paris May 1, 1854 at age 75.


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