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Marie Salle

Catherine Bott explores the life and music associated with Marie Salle, one of the most revolutionary and successful dancers of her age. She acted as a muse to Handel and Rameau.

Marie Sallé was one of the most revolutionary and successful dancers of her age. She danced in several Handel Operas and in works by Rebel and Rameau among others, performing expressive, dramatic dances during a period when displays of technical virtuosity were more popular. The first woman to choreograph the ballets in which she appeared, she anticipated the late 18th-century reforms of Jean-Georges Noverre. Catherine Bott explores the life and impact of Sallé and the music to which she danced.

1 hour

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo (Act 1, scene 9)

    Performers: David Daniels (Rinaldo), Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

    • DECCA.
    • 467 0872.
  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Les Caracteres de la Danse

    Performers: Les Musicians du Louvre, Marc Minkowski (conductor)

    • 2292 459742.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alcina (dance music from Act 1, scene 2 – gavotte, sarabande, gavotte, menuet, gavotte)

    Performers: Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis (conductor)

    • ARCHIV.
    • 477 7374.
  • George Frideric Handel


    Performers: English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • ELATUS.
    • 2564 605352.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les indes galante (ballet des fleurs)

    Performers: Orchestre Jean-Francois Paillard, Valence, Jean-Francois Paillard (conductor)

    • ERATO.
    • 4509 953102.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ariodante (Ballo from Act 2)

    Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard (conductor)

    • PHILIPS.
    • 442 0978.