La Péri

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Ballet in two acts with choreography by Coralli, libretto by Gautier and Coralli, music by Burgmüller, sets by Séchan, Despléchin, Diéterle, Philastre, and Cambon, and costumes by Lormier and d'Orschwiller. Premiered 17 Jul. 1843 by the Paris Opera Ballet with Grisi, L. Petipa, and Coralli. An Oriental fantasy, it tells of the poet Sultan Achmet who, in an opium-induced dream, meets and falls in love with the Queen of the Fairies. Gautier and Coralli had collaborated previously on Giselle and were here revisiting the theme of love between a mortal and a spirit. La Péri proved immediately popular, with the London premiere in Sept. 1843, the St Petersburg and Vienna premieres in 1844. There have been many subsequent stagings of the story, using alternative music by Dukas: Clustine (Paris, 1912), Staats (Paris, 1921), Ashton (Ballet Club, London, 1931, Royal Ballet, 1956), Lifar (Nouveau Ballet de Monte Carlo, 1946), and Darrell (London Festival Ballet, 1973).

Subjects: Dance.

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