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Emma Livry

"Dance Foyer at the Opera," Degas "Dance Foyer at the Opera," Degas

Flashback: Emma Livry, 1862

Ballet loves a tragic ingenue: Odette, Giselle, the girl in the red shoes–but the storied lives of its early dancers upstaged the roles they played. It’s hard not to romanticize the 19th century Paris Opera–Degas sketching the feathery dancers from his box above the flickering footlights–but offstage, the lives of his…

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