Madame Saqui

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Madame Saqui (born Marguerite-Antoinette Lalanne on February 26, 1786 in Agde, Hérault ; February 21, 1866) was a noted French tightrope walker or "rope dancer." For a time she had her own theatre, which she had re-decorated. She continued to perform into her seventies.[1] In her day, she was something of a celebrity.

In media[edit]

She is mentioned in the novel Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray.

In 1907, the French journalist Paul Ginisty wrote her biography: Mémoires d'un danseuse de corde : Mme Saqui (1786-1866).[2]

Saqui is the subject of a children's book, Madame Saqui: Revolutionary Rope Dancer. Written by Lisa Robinson and illustrated by Rebecca Green. Schwartz & Wade/Random, 2020.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ Popular Theatres of Nineteenth-century France By John McCormick: pgs 34-37
  2. ^ text online at Gallica
  3. ^ Madame Saqui. Kirkus Reviews.
  4. ^ "Madame Saqui: Revolutionary Rope Dancer by Lisa Robinson". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2023-05-03.
  5. ^ Madame Saqui: Revolutionary Rope Dancer by Lisa Robinson. Booklist Online.