Sunday, 23 June 2019

799) Pierina Legnani

Pierina Legnani (1868 – 1930). Italian ballerina, considered one of the greatest ballerinas of all time.
She was titled prima ballerina for La Scala in 1892, before moving to St Petersburg in 1892, where she reached fame dancing with the Tsar's Imperial Ballet at the Maryinsky Theatre until 1901.
Under the direction of famous ballet choreographer Marius Petipa, Legnani originated numerous roles including, 'Cinderella' in 1893, 'Swan Lake' in 1895, 'Raymonda' in 1898, and 'Carmargo' in 1901. She is widely reputed to be the first ballerina to perform 32 fouettés en tournant in the coda of the Grand Pas d'action of the ballet Cinderella. Legnani herself denied this claim, saying “I never did 32; I could barely manage 24.”
She is the first ballerina to be appointed prima ballerina assoluta.

- "She is auburn haired, of medium height, with a pleasant expression, lively facial features and merry eyes."…

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