Marie Allard

Marie Allard (1742-1802) was a French ballerina. She debuted in the Paris Opera in 1761.

Marie Allard was born in 1742 to a poor family in Marseille . At the age of 10, she was offered to a Monsieur V. and the Comédie de Marseille. Her mother died two years later and Marie est devenu a dancer (dancer first) of the Lyon Opera. By the age of 14, she was employed at the Comedie-Française and lived in a small apartment in Paris. Shortly after beginning her studies with balletmaster Gaetan Vestris , she became his lover. In 1760 she gave birth to her, Auguste Vestris . [1]

In June 1761 Allard made her debut at the Paris Opera in Rameau ‘s Zaïs . The audience and the young rakes Duc de Mazarin and Monsieur de Bontems were quite taken with her. In her first decade at the Paris Opera she danced 35 roles and received commendation for her pas de deux with Jean Dauberval in Sylvie . [1] [2]Allard and Vestris also taught their son, who would become the leading male dancer of his generation. At one point, Allard’s contract is steadily suppressed to the point of being in a condition that is destructive of all stage effect. ” Her career started to decline as her rose to fame and the committee asked her to retire in 1781. [1]

Allard died from a stroke in 1802. [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to:d Commire, Anne, ed. (2002). “Allard, Marie (1742-1802)”. Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia . Waterford, Connecticut: Yorkin Publications. ISBN  0-7876-4074-3 . (Subscription required ( help )) .
  2. Jump up^ Thurner, Christina (2012). “Affect, Discourse, and Dance before 1900”. New German Dance Studies . Urbana: University of Illinois Press. p. 22. ISBN  0-252-09386-0 .

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