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« Ce Prince ami des arts, des talens et de la magnificence » : Noverre et Charles-Eugène de Wurtemberg
Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), un artiste européen au siècle des Lumières
Mariette Cuénin-Lieber
ILLE (Université de Haute-Alsace)
In January 1767 the duke Charles-Eugène of Wurtemberg cancelled Noverre’s contract because he had decided to save money. The ballet master’s career went on in Vienna. But it seems that he missed Stuttgart. In 1768 and 1770 he tried to be engaged again at the court of Charles-Eugène. In the letters he wrote to Bühler, the duke’s private counsellor, he explained why he wished to return to Stuttgart: he wanted to have more liberty and also to work again for a prince who liked and understood arts. Noverre’s attempts failed. But Charles-Eugène did not forget his former ballet master: in 1771 he chose Medea and Jason to inaugurate the theatre of a newly-built castle in his county of Montbéliard.