Valentin le désossé

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Jacques Renaudin
Born 26 February 1843
Died 4 March 1907
Sceaux, France
Other names Valentin le désossé
In Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's 1891 poster, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, Valentin le désossé is portrayed dancing with his partner, Louise Weber, at the Moulin Rouge

Valentin le désossé - Valentin the Boneless - (1843 – 1907) was the stage name of Jacques Renaudin, a French Cancan dancer and partner of La Goulue.[1]

He was the brother of a notary from Sceaux. Not much is known about his early childhood but it is believed that he was a wine merchant by day who was dancing at night in his free time at the Moulin Rouge, where he met Louise Weber, also known as La Goulue. Le désossé and Weber danced the chahut, a form of Can-can.

He was tall and slender. His name derived from the elasticity of his articulations. He could perform difficult contortions with grace, almost as if he were boneless. He would move from position to position with astonishing beauty. This elasticity has been recently diagnosed as the effect of a possible Ehlers–Danlos syndrome.[2] Le désossé was never paid for dancing because he loved to do it and refused pay.

He retired in 1895 and what he did after the Moulin Rouge is not well known.

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  1. ^ Paul Théodore Vibert. "Jules Renaudin dit Valentin le Désossé". Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  2. ^ "The diagnosis of art: Valentin le désossé and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. April 2007. PMC 1847735Freely accessible.