Fairy Doll

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(orig. Ger. title Die Puppenfee)

Pantomime-divertissement in one act with choreography by Hassreiter, libretto by F. Gaul and Hassreiter, music by Joseph Bayer, and designs by A. Brioschi. Premiered 4 Oct. 1888 at the Court Opera, Vienna, with C. Pagliero. It is set in a toy shop and portrays a group of dolls coming to life after their owner has shut up for the night. They dance with each other under the leadership of the Fairy Doll, to whom they pay homage in their final procession. The title role was mimed in the original version. The ballet has remained in the Vienna State Opera's repertoire (receiving its 750th performance in 1973) and different versions have been staged all over the world, most famously N. and S. Legat's (St Petersburg, 1903) and I. Clustine's for the Bolshoi (Moscow, 1901) which was re-staged for Pavlova in 1914 and became one of the most famous items in her repertory. Massine's La Boutique fantasque (1919) offered a lively, satirical spin on a similar concept.

Subjects: Dance.

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