Magic Flute

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Ivanov, music by Drigo. Premiered 22 Mar. 1893 at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg. Despite its title, the ballet has nothing to do with Mozart's famous opera. It tells the light-hearted story of a country girl Lise, who is in love with the peasant boy, Luc, but is being urged by her mother to marry a wealthy Marquis. Luc, meanwhile, is given a magic flute by a hermit, and his playing forces everyone in the village into a dancing frenzy. The hermit reveals himself to be Oberon, just in time to save Luc from being condemned to death by the irate Marquis. The ballet was created for a school performance (the cast included Mikhail Fokine as Luc) but it was taken into the Mariinsky repertoire on 23 Apr. 1893. Pavlova later performed it with her company, taking the role of Lise herself. Peter Martins staged a new version in 1981 for the School of American Ballet, and re-staged it for New York City Ballet on 21 Jan. 1982 with Darci Kistler as Lise and Martins as Luc.

Subjects: Dance.

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