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The legend of Faust has been a recurringly popular theme in dance. In 1723 John Rich presented his ballet pantomime The Necromancer or the History of Dr Faustus at the Lincolns Inn Fields Theatre in London and during the 19th century there was a rash of Faust-inspired ballets, including Bournonville's Faust (mus. P. L. Keck, Royal Danish Ballet, 1832), Deshayes's Faust (mus. Adam, London's King's Theatre, 1833), Perrot's Faust (mus. Panizza, Milan, with Elssler as Gretchen, 1848), P. Taglioni's Satanella oder Metamorphosen (mus. Hertel, based on Jaques Cazotte's Diable amoureux, Berlin, 1852), Reisinger's Mephistophelia (mus. Kredler, Hamburg, 1856), and Lanner's Faust (mus. M. Lutz and E. Ford, London's Empire Theatre, 1895). Remislav Remislavsky's Faust (mus. František Skvor, Prague National Theatre, 1926) was based on the libretto Der Doktor Faust, written by Heinrich Heine in 1847 but not staged at that date. Heine's libretto also inspired Kirsanova's Faust (mus. Henry Krips, Australian National Ballet, 1941) and Heiner Luipart's Abraxas (mus. W. Egk, Munich, 1948). There have been several dance stagings of Berlioz's La Damnation de Faust including Béjart's (Paris Opera, 1964). Béjart also choreographed Notre Faust to Bach's B minor Mass (Brussels, 1975).

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