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date: 12 November 2019

Guimard, Marie-Madeleinelocked

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(b Paris, bap. Dec 27, 1743; d Paris, May 4, 1816). French dancer. In 1758 or 1759, at about the age of 16, she joined the corps de ballet at the Comédie Française. In 1762 she was hired as a dancer and understudy to Mlle Allard at the Opéra, making a successful début in Les caractères de la danse. On 9 May 1762, standing in for an injured Mlle Allard, she took the principal role of Terpsichore in the prologue of Fuzelier's ballet Les fêtes grecques et romaines. By 1763 she was première danseuse noble at the Opéra and quickly became one of the favourite dancers of the time. The choreographer Noverre observed that she ‘danced tastefully and put expression and feeling into all her movements’, while Baron Grimm found her simplicity ‘artless without being foolish’. Her dancing continued to elicit praise, despite her relatively advanced age of 46, when she performed at the King's Theatre, London, in ...

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A Biographical Dictionary of Actors, Actresses, Musicians, Dancers, Managers & Other Stage Personnel in London, 1660-1800 (Carbondale, IL, 1973-93)