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Kermesse in Bruges


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(orig. Danish title Kermessen i Brugge)

Ballet in three acts with choreography and libretto by Bournonville, music by Paulli, sets by C. F. Christensen, and costumes by E. Lehmann. Premiered 4 Apr. 1851 by the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen with J. Price. G. Brodersen, F. Hoppensach, and F. Hoppe. It is inspired by the bourgeois Flemish painting style of the 17th century and takes place at a Holy Fair in 17th-century Bruges, telling the comic story of three brothers who receive three magic gifts. One of the most popular of Bournonville's ballets, it is still in the repertory. Subsequent productions include Royal Swedish Ballet (staged S. Lund, 1858), Royal Danish Ballet (staged H. Lander and Borchsenius, 1943, and by H. Brenaa in two acts, 1979, and by Jan Maargaad and D. Bjørn, 2000), also stagings of the Act I pas de deux for New York City Ballet (S. Williams after Bournonville, 1977) and Bolshoi Ballet (J. Graff and K. Ralov after Bournonville, 1986), among others.

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