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Articles tagged with "Marius Petipa"

Petipa and Ivanov: The dance partnership that saved Swan Lake

10 February 2015

Behind the delicate pas de deux, Swan Lake is a battleground for ballet history buffs – which choreographer should get the credit for this classical masterpiece?

Swan Lake Dance Highlight: The Black Swan Pas de deux

4 February 2015

This brilliantly dramatic grand pas de deux, in which the heroic prince is tricked into forsaking his love, is one of ballet’s most iconic moments.

Ballet Essentials: Swan Lake

2 February 2015

Our quick guide to Tchaikovsky’s soaring ballet masterpiece.

When national dances meet tutus and pointe shoes

25 November 2014

Much more than just a bit of local colour, national dances were key to the development of ballet throughout the 19th century.

Don Quixote dance highlight: The Act I finale

20 November 2014

A Spanish-flavoured spectacle featuring some of ballet's most astonishing virtuoso choreography.

Stories without words: Narrative ballets and their many inspirations

20 November 2014

How and where choreographers find stories has changed throughout the art form's history.

Dance Highlight: Giselle's Mad Scene

27 January 2014

Captivating choreography and gripping storytelling come together in a pivotal moment in ballet history.

A Spoonful of Sugar: Tchaikovsky's use of the celesta in The Nutcracker

12 November 2013

How Tchaikovsky used an entirely new instrument to score the Sugar Plum Fairy's famous solo.

The Spirit of Don Quixote: A history of the ballet

14 October 2013

How a colourful Spanish novel became a great ballet classic.

Ballet Essentials: Don Quixote

3 October 2013

Our quick guide to Carlos Acosta's vibrant staging of Marius Petipa's exuberant ballet.

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