Joseph Mazilier

Joseph Mazilier (1 March 1801 in Marseilles – 19 May 1868 in Paris) was a 19th-century French dancer, balletmaster and choreographer. He was born as Giulio Mazarini. He was most noted for his ballets Paquita (1844) and Le Corsaire (1856). He created the role of James in La Sylphide with Marie Taglioni.[1] Marie Guy-Stéphan debuted in Aelia et Mysis at the Paris Opéra when she moved in 1853 to Paris.[2]

Joseph Mazilier
Joseph Mazilier -circa 1860.JPG
Joseph Mazilier, Paris, c. 1860
Giulio Mazarini

(1801-03-01)March 1, 1801
DiedMay 19, 1868(1868-05-19) (aged 67)
OccupationDancer, balletmaster and choreographer
Mazilier in La Tempête (1835), engraved by Maleuvre



  • James in La Sylphide by Filippo Taglioni in 1832
  • Fernando in La Tempête by Jean Coralli in 1834
  • Stenio in La Gypsy in 1839

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  1. ^ Craine, Debra; Mackrell, Judith (2010). The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2nd ed.). Oxford Reference. doi:10.1093/acref/9780199563449.001.0001. ISBN 9780199563449.
  2. ^ Commire, Anne; Klezmer, Deborah (2007). Dictionary of Women Worldwide: 25,000 Women Through the Ages. 1. Thomson-Gale. p. 1176. ISBN 9780787675851 – via
Political offices
Preceded by
Arthur Saint-Léon
Director of the Paris Opera Ballet
Succeeded by
Lucien Petipa
Preceded by
Director of the Théâtre de la Monnaie
Succeeded by
Alfred Lamy