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Laurencia


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Ballet in three acts with choreography by Chabukiani, libretto by E. Mandelberg, music by A. Krein, and design by S. Virsaladze. Premiered 22 Mar. 1939 by the Kirov Theatre, Leningrad, with Dudinskaya and Chabukiani. It is based on the 17th-century play Fuente ovejuna (The Sheep Well) by Lope de Vega and tells the story of a peasant uprising in a Castilian village, led by Laurencia and her fiancé, Frondoso. Created at the height of Soviet demands for ‘choreodrama’, Chabukiani's fusion of Spanish folk and classical dance created vivid character and local colour. It was very popular and was revived many times in Russia and E. Europe. The pas de six from Act I was staged by Nureyev for the Royal Ballet in 1965. Alexander Chekrygin's ballet on the same theme, Comedians (mus. Glière, Bolshoi, 1931), was later revised by Alexei Tchitchinadze as A Daughter of Castile and premiered at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre, Moscow, in 1955. Mikhail Messerer staged a new production of Laurencia for the Mikhailovsky Ballet in 2010, the first time the ballet had been revived in half a century.

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