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Jean Coralli



The Italian choreographer and dancer Jean Coralli was born in Paris in 1779. He studied there at the Paris Opéra Ballet School, making his debut in 1802. He danced professionally and choreographed many works for companies in Vienna, Milan, Lisbon and Marseille. At the age of 46, he was appointed Ballet Master of the Paris Théâtre de Porte-Sainte-Martin. He stayed there for six years until he moved to the Paris Opéra in 1831.

It was during his years at the Paris Opéra that he choreographed some of the most famous ballets of his time including, L'Orgie (1831), Le Diable boîteux (1836), and La Chatte métamorphose en femme (1837). In 1843 to a score by Adolphe Adam, he created his enduring masterpiece, Giselle. Having spent most of his life in Paris, he died there in 1854 at the age of 75.
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