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La Tarentule


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Ballet in two acts with choreography by Coralli, libretto by Scribe, music by Casimir Gide, sets by Séchan, Diéterle, Feuchères, and Despléchin, and costumes by Lormier. Premiered 24 Jun. 1839 at the Paris Opera, with Elssler and Mazilier. In the ballet, Luigi is bitten by a tarantula and can be healed by Dr Omeopatica only if he agrees to hand over his lover Lauretta to the lecherous doctor. Lauretta agrees to this, but in secret plots against the doctor. In the end the lovers are reunited and Dr Omeopatica is returned to his wife. It was one of the few comic ballets produced at the Paris Opera during the Romantic period and it helped to popularize the tarantella.

Subjects: Dance.


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