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Flash SOS, 9-29: Remember your Mother
How You Can Save the Legacy of Marie Taglioni

By Paul Ben-Itzak
Copyright 2004 The Dance Insider
Lithograph by Richard Lane, used by permission of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library

PARIS -- Thursday evening in the ornate 17th-century ballroom of the Italian Institute's Hotel de Galliffet at 73, rue de Grennelle, beginning at 8:30 p.m., Pierre Lacotte, Muriel Maffre, Sophia Parcen, Robin Hoffman and myself will lead a bicentennial homage to and discussion of the legacy of Marie Taglioni, the first to use pointe artistically. Please join us if you're here in Paris. It's free. Marie Taglioni set dance on a course of wonder that has lasted more than 170 years. But her grave in the Montmartre Cemetery is deteriorating, and her memory and legacy are imperiled. The Dance Insider is producing this homage entirely out of pocket. We have received support from many dance insiders, all listed below. But we need more, as we are now in debt. Please show us, please show me, that our staff and those who have joined us in support are not alone in our belief that restoring both Taglioni's grave and her memory are essential to the field. We've added premiums in the form of free advertising for all levels of support, starting at $50. Please write me at paul@danceinsider.com for details.

"Mademoiselle Taglioni." Color lithograph with watercolor additions. Richard Lane, 1800-1872. Courtesy Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations.

And thanks to the following dance insiders who have already given us faith and courage in this mission by their support: Australian Ballet, Bloch, Body Wrappers, Evelyn Cisneros, Edward Ellison, Esse Aficionado, Eileen Darby, Maina Gielgud, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paolo Grossi, Ivor Guest, Christine Jowers, Katharine Kanter, Luc, Timothy Heathcote, Stephan Laurent, David McAllister, Sophie Maopoil, Francis Mason, Martha Mountain, Dennis Mullen, Madeleine Nichols, Jerome Robbins Dance Division/New York Public Library, Anna Arias Rubio, Cynthia Quinn, Quinn Pendleton, Santa Clara Ballet, St. Petersburg Ballet Art,Tobi Tobias, Dick Turner, Lucy Venable, and Ed Winer.

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