|born on||10 February 1849 at 08:30 (= 08:30 AM )|
|Place||Parma, Italy, 44n48, 10e20|
|Timezone||LMT m10e20 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||21°32' 26°59 Asc. 25°45'|
Italian dancer. Her career as a ballerina spanned from 1864 to 1898, and she was known as “the Divine Zucchi” or even "the Divine Virginia" for her artistry, expressiveness, and virtuosity. Perhaps her most lasting legacy is the celebrated La Esmeralda pas de six, which Marius Petipa created for her to the music of Riccardo Drigo in 1886. She was a guest artist in Berlin, London, Paris, Madrid, Milan, Naples and Rome. She was a force in introducing Italian technique in Russia.
Zucchi made her debut in 1864 in Varese and danced throughout Italy, as well as in Berlin and Paris. In 1885, she went to St. Petersburg to dance for the summer at Kin Grust, one of the music theaters that replaced the Imperial Theatre during the summer in St. Petersburg. In addition to Zucchi's gaining popularity and high public regard from these appearances, upon dancing for the Tzar he insisted that she joined the Maryinsky Theatre in Russia where she danced until 1888. During her time with the Imperial she performed in A Trip to the Moon (1885), Padmana in Brahma (1885), Coppelia, as well as many of Marius Petipa's ballets and ballet revivals, including The Pharaoh's Daughter (1885), La Fille Mal Gardée (1885) La Esmeralda (1886), and The King's Command or The Pupils of Dupré (1887).
After her tenure with the Imperial Ballet came to an end, Zucchi danced in Moscow and St. Petersburg with her own company in the late 1880s and the early 1890s. She also performed in the Palais Garnier (Opera of Paris) in 1895. Her final performance was in Nice in 1898. She also contributed to the development of the St. Petersburg ballet school, and her influence in this led to the school making greater demands of its dancers in terms of technical perfection.
Zucchi later retired to Monte Carlo, where she opened a school & became a teacher. She died on 12 October 1933 in Nice.
Sy Scholfield quotes Ivor Forbes Guest's book, "The Divine Virginia: A Biography of Virginia Zucchi" (M. Dekker, 1977), p. 9: "It was a troubled world into which Virginia Zucchi was born, in the small city of Parma, at half-past eight in the morning of February 10th, 1849."
- Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (dancer)