Mazilier, Joseph (1797-1868).
Dancer, choreographer and french ballet teacher, born in Marseille on March 13, 1797 and died in Paris on May 19, 1868, originally named Giulio Mazarini.
He debuted in Bordeaux, and was presented for the first time at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin in Paris in 1822. It premiered the ballets: Jocko (1825) by Jean-Baptiste Blache, and Monsieur de Pourceaugnac (1826), Les Hussards et les Jeunes Filles (1828) and Les Artistes (1829) by Jean Coralli. In 1830 he joined l'Opéra de Paris, where he became the first dancer of character in 1833. With this training he premiered the role of James in La Sílfide (1832), La Révolte au Sérail (1833) and La Fille du Danube (1836 ) by Filippo Taglioni, La Tempête, ou L'Île des Génies (1834), Le Diable Boîteux (1836), La Chatte Métamorphosée en Femme (1837) and La Tarantule (1839) by Coralli, Les Mohicans (1841) by Antonio Guerra and La Jolie Fille de Gand (1842) by Françoise Decombe. Among his most important works were: La Gypsy (Benoist and Marliani, 1839) created for Fanny Elssler, Le Diable Amoureux (Benoist and Réber, 1840), Lady Henriette, ou La Servante de Greenwich (Flotow, Burghmüller and Deldevez, 1844), Le Diable à Quatre (Adam, 1845), Paquita (Deldevez, 1846), Griseldis, ou Les Cinq Sens (Adam, 1848), Zerline, ou La Corbeille d'Oranges (Adam, 1851), Jovita, ou Les Boucaniers (Labarre , 1853), Le Corsaire (Adam, 1856) for Carolina Rosati, Les Elfes (Gabrielli, 1856) and Marco Spada, ou La Fille du Bandit (Auber, 1857), the latter two for Amalia Ferraris. He was also ballet teacher de l'Opéra de Paris between 1839 and 1951, and again between 1853 and 1860. A year before his death he returned to l'Opéra to supervise the staging of El Corsario.