Blue Bird

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The famous pas de deux from the final act of Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty. It is a virtuoso display piece danced by Princess Florine and the Blue Bird as part of the wedding festivities for Aurora and the Prince, and is often to be found as a showpiece on gala programmes. Cecchetti performed the role of Blue Bird at the ballet's premiere in St Petersburg in 1890 (with Nikitina). The airborne choreography for the male is especially demanding with its series of brisés volés.

Subjects: Dance.

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