Jean-Georges Noverre

Edward Nye (University of Oxford)
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Jean-Georges Noverre, dancer, choreographer, and writer (Paris 29 April 1727, Saint Germain en Laye 19 October 1810), was the first internationally renowned choreographer, the first choreographer to write a poetics of dance, and the first choreographer whose works were frequently restaged by others all over Europe. He was a key advocate for dance as an independent art form, and his practice and ideas have often been considered the cradle of nineteenth-century (French) Romantic ballet and sometimes, more remotely, of modern “classical” ballet. He is thought to have composed some eighty independent works, twenty-four choreographies for operas, and a wide range of other, smaller scale pieces (Lynham p. 157). He was nevertheless a controversial figure whose productions and aesthetic…

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Citation: Nye, Edward. "Jean-Georges Noverre". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 August 2019 [, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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