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Flash Photo Feature, 6-4: Birthday Pictures
April 23, 2004: Marie Taglioni's Bicentennial

By Dance Insider Staff
Copyright 2004 The Dance Insider
Photos by and copyright 2004 Dick Turner

PARIS -- On April 23, the Dance Insider, assisted by Paris Opera Ballet dancer Sophia Parcen, celebrated Marie Taglioni's bicentennial with a ceremony at her Montmartre Cemetery grave. Parcen and Dance Insider publisher Paul Ben-Itzak laid 38 pointe shoes on the grave, from the women of the Australian Ballet, Bloch, Parcen, and a POB colleague; the shoes from the Australian Ballet were signed by the dancers. They also read a special proclamation from Italian Institute cultural attache Paolo Grossi. Today we share photographs of the event taken by Dick Turner.

The Dance Insider is seeking suggestions for the inscription for a new nameplate to be placed on Taglioni's grave, which currently reads, "Marie Taglioni" and "A sa mere bien-aimee." Please e-mail suggestions to paul@danceinsider.com

April 23, 2004, Montmartre Cemetery: Paris Opera Ballet dancer Sophia Parcen and Dance Insider publisher Paul Ben-Itzak arrive at the grave of Marie Taglioni, on the occasion of her bicentennial, and regard pointe shoes sent by Dance Insider readers since the DI launched its Pointe Shoes for Taglioni campaign nearly three years ago, before placing 38 more pairs on the grave. Photo courtesy of and copyright 2004 Dick Turner.

Paris Opera Ballet dancer Sophia Parcen places pointe shoes signed by the women of the Australian Ballet and a pair of her own signed shoes on Marie Taglioni's grave at the Montmartre Cemetery, April 23, 2004. Photo courtesy of and copyright 2004 Dick Turner.


Marie Taglioni's Montmartre grave on April 23, 2004, after Paris Opera Ballet dancer Sophia Parcen and Dance Insider publisher Paul Ben-Itzak have placed 38 pairs of pointe shoes from the women of the Australian Ballet, Bloch, Parcen, and a POB colleague on the grave. Photo courtesy of and copyright 2004 Dick Turner.


Paris Opera Ballet dancer Sophia Parcen reads Italian Institute cultural attache Paolo Grossi's bicentennial birthday proclamation for Marie Taglioni at her Montmartre grave, April 23, 2004, as Dance Insider publisher Paul Ben-Itzak looks on. Photo courtesy of and copyright 2004 Dick Turner.


April 23, 2004, Montmartre Cemetary, Paris. The nameplate on Marie Taglioni's tombstone on the occasion of her bicentennial, surrounded by pointe shoes old and new. Photo courtesy of and copyright 2004 Dick Turner.

 

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