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Paquita


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Ballet in two acts with choreography by Mazilier, libretto by Paul Foucher and Mazilier, music by Edouard Deldevez, sets by Philastre, Cambon, Diéterle, Séchan, and Despléchin, and costumes by Lormier and H. de B. d'Orschwiller. Premiered 1 Apr. 1846 at the Paris Opera with Carlotta Grisi and Lucien Petipa. Set in a Spain under Napoleonic rule, the ballet tells the story of Paquita, a Spanish gypsy, who saves the life of a French officer named Lucien. In the end, it is revealed that she is of noble birth, and she and Lucien are able to marry. Marius Petipa produced the ballet for St Petersburg in 1847 as his debut production, and in 1881 he asked Minkus to provide new music for a Pas de trois and a Grand Pas. Today, Paquita is best known through these two dances alone. Balanchine later staged two versions of the Pas de trois, the first for the Cuevas company in 1948 and the second for New York City Ballet in 1951. By 1910 only the third act of this expanded Paquita was being performed by the Kirov. In 1957 Konstantin Boyarsky revived the Grand Pas at the Maly Theatre in Leningrad and this became the standard Soviet version. In 1978 a divertissement from Paquita which incorporated all of Petipa's 1881 choreography and the Minkus music entered the Kirov repertoire. Elsewhere, Danilova staged a one-act version for Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1949, while the Grand Pas was the first piece Nureyev danced with Fonteyn, at the RAD Gala in 1964. American Ballet Theatre and English National Ballet have the Grand Pas in their repertoires. In 2001 Lacotte staged a reconstruction of the full-length ballet for the Paris Opera Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.


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