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(orig. Dan. title Konservatoriet)

Ballet in two acts with choreography by Bournonville and music by Holger Paulli. Premiered 6 May 1849 by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen. In its original staging, the ballet featured a dancing class of the Paris Conservatory set against a background of complicated romantic intrigues. In 1941 in Copenhagen H. Lander and V. Borchsenius revised the ballet using the classroom scene only. This latter staging was taken into the repertoires of the Joffrey Ballet (1969) and London Festival Ballet (1973), the Royal Swedish Ballet (1973), Paris Opera Ballet (1976), the Royal Ballet (1982), and the Bolshoi Ballet (1989). The two-act version was revived by the Royal Danish Ballet in 1995. The ballet showcases a typical Bournonville class in which the great Danish choreographer pays tribute to his illustrious teacher Auguste Vestris.

Subjects: Dance.


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