Jean-Pierre Aumer
Jean-Louis Aumer was a French danseur and choreographer, who was born in Strasbourg
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 on 21 April 1774, and who died in Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville
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 in July 1833. Educated at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet
Paris Opera Ballet
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, he joined the company in 1801 after an initial engagement with Jean Dauberval
Jean Dauberval
Jean Dauberval, a.k.a Jean D’Auberval, , was a French dancer and ballet master...

 in Bordeaux
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. The Paris Opera's maître de ballet
Ballet Master
Ballet Master is the term used for an employee of a ballet company who is responsible for the level of competence of the dancers in their company...

Pierre Gardel
Pierre Gardel
Pierre-Gabriel Gardel was a French ballet dancer and ballet master. He was the brother of Maximilien Gardel....

 presented an obstacle which led Aumer to choose the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin
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 as the venue for which to create his early ballets. Faced the with implacable competition from Gardel, Aumer left France for engagements in Kassel
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 (1808-1814) and Vienna
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 (1814-1820). Brief periods in Paris (1821-1822) and London (1824-1825) were followed by his return to the Paris Opera Ballet (1820-1831), where, enriched by the experience of working abroad, he engaged in a profound renovation of the French repertory, capped by his chef-d'œuvre, Manon Lescaut
Manon Lescaut
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(1830). His daughter Sophie-Julie married the danseur Étienne Leblond in 1826.


  • 1804 La Fille mal gardée, after Dauberval
    Jean Dauberval
    Jean Dauberval, a.k.a Jean D’Auberval, , was a French dancer and ballet master...

     (Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin)
  • 1805 Rosina et Lorenzo (Théâtre de la Porte St-Martin)
  • 1805 Robinson Crusoé (Théâtre de la Porte St-Martin)
  • 1805 Le Page inconstant, after Dauberval (Théâtre de la Porte St-Martin)
  • 1806 Jenny ou le Mariage secret (Théâtre de la Porte St-Martin)
  • 1806 Les Deux Créoles (Théâtre de la Porte St-Martin)
  • 1808: Les Amours d'Antoine et de Cléopâtre (Opéra de Paris)
  • 1814 Zéphire et Flore (Vienna)
  • 1814 Louise et Alexis, after Le Déserteur de Dauberval (Vienna)
  • 1814 Myrsile et Antéros (Vienna)
  • 1815 La Fête de la rose (Vienna)
  • 1815 Les Bayadères (Vienna)
  • 1816 Les Noces de Thétis et de Pélée (Vienna)
  • 1816 Les Deux Tantes (Vienna)
  • 1817 Amour et Psyché (Vienna)

  • 1817 Érigone ou le Triomphe de Bacchus (Vienna)
  • 1818 Le Sommeil enchanté (Vienna)
  • 1818 Aline, reine de Golconde (Vienna)
  • 1819 Ossian (Vienna)
  • 1820 Emma ou le Mariage secret (Vienna)
  • 1820 Alfred le Grand (Vienna)
  • 1820 Les Pages du duc de Vendôme (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1821 Jeanne d'Arc (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1824 Le Songe d'Ossian (London
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  • 1825 Cléopâtre, reine d'Égypte (London)
  • 1827 Astolphe et Joconde (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1827 La Somnambule ou L'Arrivée d'un nouveau seigneur
    La Somnambule ou L'Arrivée d'un nouveau seigneur
    La somnambule is a ballet-pantomime composed by Ferdinand Hérold and premiered on 19 September 1827 at the Académie Royale de Musique. The scenario was by Eugène Scribe, and it was choreographed by Jean-Pierre Aumer. This ballet was produced in 1827 at the height of a fashion for stage works...

    (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1828 Lydie (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1829 La Belle au bois dormant (Paris Opera Ballet)
  • 1830 Manon Lescaut (Paris Opera Ballet)


  • Babsky, Monique (1998). "Aumer, Jean-Louis", vol. 1, pp. 201–203, in International Encyclopedia of Dance (6 volumes), edited by Selma Jeanne Cohen. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195094626 (hardcover). ISBN 9780195173697 (2004 paperback edition).
  • Craine, Debra; Mackrell, Judith (2000). The Oxford Dictionary of Dance. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198601067.
  • Pitou, Spire (1985). The Paris Opera: An Encyclopedia of Operas, Ballets, Composers, and Performers. Rococo and Romantic, 1715-1815. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 9780313243943.

External links

  • Times review by Roslyn Sulcas
    Roslyn Sulcas
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    , June 28, 2007]
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