Andrée Marlière

Andrée Marlière, born Andrée Isabelle Germaine Marlier in Antwerp on February 22, 1934 died on January 10, 2008 at the St-Augustinus hospital in Wilrijk.

Ballet education

She started her ballet education at the age of eight with Monique Querida, danseuse étoile at the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels, and with Mina Del Fa, soliste at the Scala of Milan. Perfection courses were followed with Victor Gsovsky and Mrs Rosanne in Paris.From 1948 to 1950 she took classes at the Sadler's Wells Ballet School in London with John Field and Ninette de Valois.

Ballet career

At the age of 12 she performed with André Leclair at the Gala Querida in the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. In 1950 she performed in Florence with the Maggio Musicale Florentino. From 1950-1951 she was part of the corps de ballet of the Théatre de la Monnaie and from 1951-1957 she was soliste at the Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp.

In 1957 she left for Berlin. This was the beginning of her international career which led her to:

  • the Berliner Ballet (first dancer, 1957-1958),
  • the Jean Babilée company (first soliste, 1958-1959),
  • the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas (soliste, 1959),
  • The Ballet de la Monnaie and the Ballet du XXième Siecle (first soliste, 1959-1964)
  • and the ballet group of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf (danseuse étoile, 1964-1966).
  • With these companies she did several international tours. In 1966 she returned to Antwerp to the Royal Flemish Opera Ballet (danseuse étoile, 1966-1970). To conclude her performing dancing career she was active for one season as danseuse étoile for the Ballet van Vlaanderen (1970-1971).

    She did several television appearances.

    Performances

    Andrée Marlière performed in the following ballets during her international career: Ballet - Choreographer - Composer

    Royal Flemish Opera (1951 - 1957)

    Namouna (Suite en Blanc) - Jacques Milliand - Edouard Lalo
    Chout - Jacques Milliand - Sergei Prokofiev
    De duivel in het dorp - Jacques Milliand - Fran Lotka
    Vlaamse dansen - Jeanne Brabants - Jan Blockx
    Judith - Jacques Milliand - Renier van der Velden
    Serenade - Jacques Milliand - Peter Tsjaikovski
    De Vuurvogel - Jacques Milliand - Igor Stravinsky
    and in several operas: Faust, Carmen, Prince Igor

    Berliner Ballet (1957-1959)

    Hamlet - Tatjana Gsovsky - Boris Blacher
    Kapittel IV - Tatjana Gsovsky - Peter Sandhoff
    Orpheo - Tatjana Gsovsky - Franz Liszt
    Variaciones Sinfonicas - Tatjana Gsovsky - Robert Schumann
    Joan de Zarissa - Tatjana Gsovsky - Werner Egk
    Rigoletto - Sana Dolsky - Verdi & Liszt
    Kleiner Sketch - Pépé Urbani - Darius Milhaud
    La dame aux camélias (replacing Yvette Chauviré) - Tatjana Gsovsky - Henry Sauget

    Ballet Jean Babilée (1958-1959)

    La boucle - Jean Babilée - Georges Delerue
    L’oiseau Bleu - Marius Petipa - Peter Tsjaikovski
    Printemps - Ives Brieux - Alexander Glazoenov
    Namouna (Suite en blanc) - Serge Lifar - Edouard Lallo
    Balance à trois - Jean Babilée - Jean-Michel Damase
    Balletino - Dick Sanders - Jacques Ibert

    Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas

    The classical repertoire

    Ballet of the XXth Century (1959-1964)

    Hoffman’s stories - Maurice Béjart - Jacques Offenbach
    Jeux de cartes - Janine Charrat - Igor Stravinsky
    Pulcinella - Maurice Béjart - Igor Stravinsky
    Les 4 fils Aymon - Maurice Béjart - Ancient music
    Haut voltage - Maurice Béjart - Jean-Michel Damase
    Concerto - Janine Charrat - Sergei Prokofiev
    Orphée - Maurice Béjart - Pierre Henry
    Divertimento - Maurice Béjart - Percussion arrangement
    Bartok Suite - Milko Sparemblek - Bela Bartok
    Demonstration - Assaf Messerer - Classmusic
    La Péri - J.J. Etchevery - Paul Dukas
    Such a sweet Thunder - Maurice Béjart - Duke Ellington

    Deutsche Oper am Rhein (1964-1966)

    De Vuurvogel - Erich Walter - Igor Stravinsky
    Bach Suite - Erich Walter - J-S. Bach
    Petroushka - Erich Walter - Igor Stravinsky

    Royal Flemish Opera (1966-1970)

    Cinderella - André Leclair - Sergei Prokofiev
    De twee duiven - André Leclair - André Messager
    Ode - André Leclair - Igor Stravinsky
    Pierlala - Jeanne Brabants - Daniël Sternefeld
    Pelleas en Melisande - André Leclair - Arnold Schönberg
    Concerto di Aranjuez - André Leclair - Joaquin Rodrigo
    Orfeus - André Leclair - C.W. van Gluck
    Hamlet - André Leclair - Boris Blacher
    Effecten - André Leclair - François Glorieux
    De fantastische jacht - André Leclair - Raymond Baervoets
    La Peri - André Leclair - Paul Dukas
    Op zoek naar ... - André Leclair - Louis de Meester

    Royal Ballet of Flanders (1971)

    Love Scene - Maurice Béjart - Hector Berlioz

    Instructor

    After her dancing career she continued as instructor specialised in rebuilding and rehearsing choreographies: (Cage of God, Pas de Six, Opus een, Ain Dor, Allegro Brillante, Kaleidoscoop, After Eden, Brandenburg drie, Cantus Firmus, Dialogue, Peter and the Wolf, Carmina Burana, Sylvia, The three musketeers, ...)

    In 1964 she was hired as Classical Repertoire teacher in the Ballet School of the city of Antwerp.1970 starts her career with the Ballet of Flandres (Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen) where she becomes first 'Maitresse de ballet' and is part of management.

    At the Badisches Staatstheater of Karlsruhe (Germany) she is 'Maitresse de ballet' from 1984 - 1989.From 1989 on she is repertoire teacher at the Antwerp Ballet school.

    Coaching

    As a coach Andrée Marlière has had the opportunity to be requested by several choreographers to rebuild and rehearse their ballets with different ballet companies. She studied every dancer's part in the ballet and saw to it that they would be instructed how to perform according to the choreographers expectations. Her expertise in this matter offered her the opportunity to work with multiple ballet companies.

    She has rebuilt and rehearsed the following ballets:

    Cage of God - J. Carter - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Pas de Six - Bournonville - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Opus een - Kranko - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Ain Dor - Effrati - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Allegro Brillante - Balanchine - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Kaleidoscoop - John Butler - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    After Eden - John Butler - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Brandenburger drie - Tscharny - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Cantus Firmus - Jeanne Brabants - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Dialogue - Jeanne Brabants - Royal Ballet of Flanders
    Peter and the Wolf - Germinal Casado - Badische Staatsoper Karlsruhe
    Carmina Burana - Germinal Casado - Badische Staatsoper Karlsruhe
    Sylvia - Germinal Casado - Lodz, Poland
    The three musketeers - Germinal Casado - Toulouse, France
    Songe d'une nuit d'été - Germinal Casado - Athens, Greece
    Whimsicalities - Nils Christe - Conservatoire de la danse, Paris
    Cantus - Jeanne Brabants - Antwerp Ballet School
    Salvé Antwerpia - Jeanne Brabants - Antwerp Ballet School
    Bal des Cadets - after Fokine - Antwerp Ballet School
    Paquita after - Marius Petipa - Antwerp Ballet School

    Choreographies

    Twee harten in driekwartsmaat - Jef Maes - 1967 - Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera
    Nacht in Venetië - Johann Strauss - 1968 - Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera
    Etudes - Robert Stolz - 1970 - Koninklijke Vlaamse Opera
    Auftrag - Schostakovitz - 1985 - Badische Staatsoper Karlsruhe
    Fanfare - 1992 - Antwerp Ballet School
    Dances Roumaines - Romainian Folk music - 1994 - Antwerp Ballet School
    Oiseau de Feu - Stravinsky - 2000 - Antwerp Ballet School

    Today

    She has now retired from the active ballet world and has devoted her time to her second passion, paintings. You can admire her art at http://www.andreemarliere.com


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