Danina, or Jocko the Brazilian Ape

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Ballet in four acts with choreography and libretto by F. Taglioni and music by Peter von Lindpaintner. Premiered 12 Mar. 1826 in Stuttgart with M. Taglioni, Anton Stuhlmüller, and Jean Briol. This popular ballet was based on a French melodrama about a Brazilian woman, Danina, who saves an ape, Jocko, from being bitten by a snake. The ape later repays her kindness by preventing her son from being kidnapped. The ballet was given 33 performances during its first two seasons alone and was staged in many European cities. It was reconstructed by Pia and Pino Mlaker for Bavarian State Ballet (1940).

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