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About Marius Petipa

Marius PETIPA (1818 – 1910) was a choreographer, ballet dancer and a teacher. People often call the second half of the 19th century ballet art “Petipa’s epoch”. It is not by chance as he brought to life lots of ballet productions that influenced the development of the ballet art. Most PETIPA’s ballets are still on stages of the world theatres.

The talent and genius of the Frenchman Marius PETIPA thrived in Russia where he was invited in 1847. PETIPA stayed in St. Petersburg till the end of his long life where he worked first as a ballet dancer and then in 1862 he became a ballet master.

The list of PETIPA’s ballets contains up to seventy (!) titles. The dances for operas and diverse performances would make the list much longer. The most renowned ballets are Paquita, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Coppélia, The Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphida, The Swan Lake, Raymonda.

The choreographer put together the system of rules for the Academic ballet dance and made music one of the main characters in ballet. The ballet art has been developing; new names and trends have emerged but Marius PETIPA’s choreography has remained a model that fascinates the audience with its perfection up to now.


    October, 2018