In the Bolshoi theatre began to celebrate the anniversary of the author “Swan lake” and “don Quixote”


В Большом театре начали отмечать юбилей автора «Лебединого озера» и «Дон Кихота»
In honor of Marius Petipa came on the scene 240 dancers.

В Большом театре начали отмечать юбилей автора «Лебединого озера» и «Дон Кихота»

Maria Alexandrov and Vlad Lantratov in the ballet, Petipa’s “don Quixote”

Photo: Bolshoi theatre (Damir Yusupov)

In the Bolshoi theatre began
the celebration of the Year of Russian ballet and the 200th anniversary of choreographer Marius Petipa, Frenchman by birth, lived in Russia for 60 years and has become
the founder of the Russian ballet. In 2018
year will be many events dedicated to the anniversary of the genius of dance. For example, come
a book of memoirs Petipa out of print for over a hundred years. And at the Bolshoi theatre
by the end of the season is preparing the restoration of his ballet “the Pharaoh’s Daughter”.

One of the first events
the anniversary celebrations was the Festival of Russian ballet schools. The New stage of the theatre came out 240 young
dancers of the 9 schools of Moscow and St.-Petersburg, Novosibirsk and Perm,
Krasnoyarsk, Ufa and Yakutsk. They showed the program “tribute to Marius Petipa”.
And among the rooms of an important place, of course, took choreography by Petipa. After all
in his ballets — “Sleeping beauty” and “La Bayadere”, “don Quixote” and “Swan
the lake” is constructed and the process of learning classical dance and the whole
the repertoire of our musical theatres.

В Большом театре начали отмечать юбилей автора «Лебединого озера» и «Дон Кихота»

Svetlana Zakharova in the ballet, Petipa’s “La Bayadere”

Photo: Bolshoi theatre (Damir Yusupov)

The ballets of Petipa, which
for decades enthralled the Imperial family and ordinary
the public, and are now the most popular classical performances. As long
life Petipa (he died at the age of 92 years, and as chief choreographer left
only in ‘ 84) was full of intrigue and theatre, and love (for example, Maestro had illegitimate children, whom he wanted to “legalize”).

On
many incredible facts of life Petipa can be found on exhibition in
celebration of the choreographer, which opened at the theatre Museum
them.Bakhrushina. It turns out that 25-year-old Frenchman, arrived in Spain, in addition
the Madrid theatre, has found a profitable part — time job place teacher dancing in the Spanish
awnings. There he had an office romance: Marius was fascinated by the daughter of the Marquise in
the name Carmen. He fought over a girl in a duel and even persuaded the beauty without
blessings mother to flee with him from Spain under assumed names, using
the whole of Europe – to Scotland!

A scene from the ballet, Petipa’s “Sleeping beauty”

Photo: Bolshoi theatre (Damir Yusupov)

The story turned into an international scandal — the dancer was wanted by the police. In the end, Petipa went bankrupt. But he was saved by Russia:
the elder brother, Lucien Petipa, star of the Paris ballet, got unlucky
brother’s gig in Saint-Petersburg, at the Imperial theatre. Marius had
to borrow money on the ticket and costumes for performances, but as history has shown,
moving to Russia was the right decision in his life. In Russia, Petipa found
support your dance ideas and created brilliant performances. Not
surprisingly, the choreographer adopted Russian citizenship. And though so and
firmly not learned the Russian language, called themselves “Marius
Ivanovich”.