La Vivandière

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Saint-Léon and Cerrito, music by Pugni, and designs by Despléchin, Séchan and Diéterle. Premiered 23 May 1844 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London with Cerrito and Saint-Léon. The ballet, set in a village in Hungary, features the lovers Kathi and Hans, who have to overcome the jealous machinations of the Burgomaster and the Baron, both of whom have their eye on Kathi. The ballet introduced the Redowa, or ‘Original Polka of Bohemia’, to London. La Vivandière was later staged for the Paris Opera (1848), the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg (re-staged Jules Perrot, 1855), and the Bolshoi Theatre in St Petersburg (re-staged Petipa, 1881). In 1979 the Kirov Ballet performed a reconstruction of the Pas de six by Pierre Lacotte after Saint-Léon. In 1982 Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet performed the Pas de six in a reconstruction by Ann Hutchinson Guest. Saint-Léon and Cerrito staged an earlier version in 1843 in Rome with music by Enrico Roland.

Subjects: Dance.

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