Biography of Elena Ivanovna Andreyanova (1819-1857)

Russian dancer, born 13 July 1819 in Petersburgo and died in Paris on October 26, 1857.

He graduated at the school of the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1837. That same year joined the company, and on December 30, 1842 got a big win as an interpreter of the first Russian Giselle. He/She premiered the main roles in Paquita (1847) the Naiad and the fisherman (1851), Marius Petipa, and Gazelda, or The Tsiganes (1853) of Jules Perrot. His great friendship with the director of the Imperial Theatre, Alexander Guedenov, earned him to debut in London, Paris and Milan between 1845 and 1846. Arrival forced Petersburgo of Fanny Elssler in 1848 to emigrate to Moscow, where he/she did not have a good reception; It is said even that a spectator threw you a dead cat on stage. In 1852 he/she began a tour across Russia, as a small company principal dancer. The group danced in different Soviet cities the show presented in 1854 in Voronezh, a ballet in two acts inspired by a poem by Pushkin , who later became the source of Bakshisarai. Upon returning from the tour, and after losing the protection of Guedenov, Andreyanova went to France, where retired in 1855.