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Marius Petipa : the emperor's ballet master

Author: Nadine Meisner
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
One of the most important ballet choreographers of all time, Marius Petipa (1818-1910) created works that are now mainstays of the ballet repertoire. The first biography in English of this monumental figure of ballet history, Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet Master covers the choreographer's life and work in full within the context of remarkable historical and political surroundings. Over the course of ten  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Meiser, Nadine.
Marius Petipa.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018053235
Named Person: Marius Petipa; Marius Petipa; Marius Petipa
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nadine Meisner
ISBN: 9780190659295 0190659297
OCLC Number: 1050132201
Awards: Winner of Named a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title.
Description: xii, 497 pages, 40 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), plates ; 25 cm
Contents: Overture --
1. Prologue. The St. Petersburg stage --
The founding of Russian ballet --
National consciousness --
Serfdom --
The other capital --
Serving the tsar --
2. The travelling dancer. Marius Petipa, aged twenty-nine --
The glamorous Lucien Petipa --
New York! New York? --
Nantes --
Bordeaux --
Spain --
3. Russian debut. First steps --
The Elssler-Perrot pas de deux --
Elena Andreianova, ballerina --
The Perrot years --
Petipa, premier danseur and mime --
The Crimean War --
The directorate of the Imperial Theatres --
4. Looking back, moving forward. Endings and beginnings --
Jean Petipa, paterfamilias --
Teacher at the School of the Imperial Theatres --
The ballet master's first muse --
Paris --
Success! The Pharaoh's Daughter --
5. Ballet wars, real and imagined. Arthur Saint-Léon --
Petipists vs Muravevists --
Muraveva in paris --
The Beauty of Lebanon --
Alliance or feud? --
Narratives and nationalism --
The end of the ballerina war --
A marriage at war --
Marie Petipa --
6. Questions of style and structure. The big ballets --
Dreams and visions --
Groups and masses --
National (character) dance --
Finales and apotheoses --
King Candaules --
Don Quixote --
Saint-Léon's exit --
7. At home and at work. A second family --
Working methods --
The dance language --
The variation --
The ballerina, not forgetting her partner --
Ekaterina Vazem --
The exceptional case history of Mlada --
The assassination of Alexander II --
8. The Vsevolozhsky reforms. The end of the monopoly --
The ballet company of the 1880s --
The arrival of Vsevolozhsky --
Commercial enterprise --
The Italian invasion --
The féerie in Petipa's ballets --
Music reform --
The Vestal --
For or against --
9. Big music, big dance. Flora and fauna --
The Sleeping Beauty --
The Nutcracker --
Lev Ivanov --
Swan Lake --
The coronation of Nicholas II --
Raymonda --
Goodbye to Vsevolozhsky --
10. Enter Vladimir Teliakovsky. Prince Sergei Volkonsky --
Vladimir Teliakovsky --
St. Petersburg in aspic --
Gorsky's Don Quixote --
The Magic Mirror --
Further attacks --
The last ballet --
The search for other choreographers --
The 1905 revolution --
The final years --
Apotheosis --
Appendices. The chain of command --
The Petipa family --
List of works.
Responsibility: Nadine Meisner.


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