La Dansomanie

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Comedy ballet with choreography by Gardel and music by E. N. Méhul. Premiered 14 Jun. 1800 at Paris Opera, with Gardel. It was the first new work to be premiered at the Opera after the revolution and tells the story of a gentleman who is so fanatical about dance that he insists on his entire household being able to dance—including his daughter's suitors. Contemporary critics worried that Gardel was parodying the artform and playing with trivial subject-matter, but the ballet was very popular with audiences and was revived several times for example in Paris (1811, 1819, and 1824), Sweden (1804), and Vienna (1805). Reconstructions have been performed at Drottningholm (chor. Cramér and Skeaping after Gardel, 1976) and Paris (chor. Cramér after Gardel, 1986).

Subjects: Dance.

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