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MARIUS PETIPA THE EMPEROR’S BALLET MASTER BY NADINE MEISNER

Of medium size, but quite thick and heavy to read and carry , Nadine Meisner’s book also includes fascinating illustrations – photos of the time and costume designs – and a terrific index at the back as well as many pages of footnotes and an extensive bibliography. Fabulous for balletomanes.

This is the first biography in English of Marius Petipa, (1818- 1910) a legendary Titan of ballet history . Marius Petipa: The Emperor’s Ballet Master examines his life and work in great detail, also placing it in the context of turbulent history. Previous works in English mention Petipa but are mostly translations of memoirs or texts in which he is not the primary focus .Meisner draws on libretti and other archival material, like theatre records, memoirs,  contemporary reviews, and photographs, enabling us to at least partially reconstruct and elaborate on works that have been presumed lost and which are little discussed ( eg King Candaules (1868 )and the 1903 The Magic Mirror). Continue reading MARIUS PETIPA THE EMPEROR’S BALLET MASTER BY NADINE MEISNER

PARIS OPERA BALLET: SLEEPING BEAUTY

Bigger than Ben Hur, excessively opulent , sumptous and over rich , this version of ‘ La Belle Au Bois Dormant ‘ (Sleeping Beauty) first produced in 1989 for the Paris Opera Ballet by Nureyev is actually quite fascinating from a historical perspective – steeped in the history of the Imperial Russian Ballet of the 1890’s , one can just imagine it being seen by the Tsar and his entourage. ‘After’ Petipa indeed, full of dazzling demanding academic virtuosity.

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