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Raymonda Act III

The final act of Raymonda contains some of the greatest choreography in Russian ballet and was adapted by Rudolf Nureyev.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of Raymonda Act III. It was last on stage 22 December 2012—11 January 2013.


Act III of Raymonda celebrates the wedding of Raymonda and the knight Jean de Brienne, following Jean’s return from the Crusades.


Raymonda was created by Marius Petipa in 1898 for the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg. It contains some of his most spectacular choreography and a magnificent score by Alexander Glazunov, full of spirited rhythms and lilting waltzes – George Balanchine called it ‘some of the finest ballet music we have’. Rudolf Nureyev had an intimate knowledge of Raymonda: he performed in the ballet as a young dancer with the Kirov Theatre and staged a full-length version for The Royal Ballet in 1964, reviving many of the dances from memory.

Nureyev presented an adapted version of Act III at Covent Garden in 1969. Against an opulent setting created by Barry Kay, a Hungarian folkdance opens the wedding celebrations for a ballerina and her cavalier. A lively male pas de quatre is followed by the famous grand pas hongrois, which contains ensembles for all 10 dancers, who wear radiant white costumes. Act III of Raymonda was performed as part of a tribute to Nureyev at the Royal Opera House in 2003.

On Wikipedia

Act I of the original production of Raymonda on the stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. In the center is Pierina Legnani, creator of the title role.

Raymonda (Russian: Раймонда) is a ballet in three acts, four scenes with an apotheosis, choreographed by Marius Petipa, with music by Alexander Glazunov, his opus 57. First presented by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre on 19 January [O.S. 7 January] 1898 in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Among the ballet's most celebrated passages is the Pas Classique hongrois or Raymonda Pas de dix from the third act, which is often performed independently. Although the ballet is still performed regularly by the Mariinsky Ballet, Petipa's choreographic text was largely revised by Konstantin Sergeyev when he mounted a new version of the ballet in 1948, a version still performed by the company to the present day. It is primarily the Sergeyev edition of the choreography that is performed throughout the world today by way of the versions staged by Rudolf Nureyev and Anna-Marie Homes. The original choreography and mise-en-scène of the Imperial Ballet's production of Raymonda was recorded circa 1903 in the Stepanov method of choreographic notation as Petipa himself took dancers through rehearsals, among them the ballerina Olga Preobrajenska, who danced the title role. This notation is part of Harvard University's Sergeyev Collection. In 2011 Sergei Vikharev utilized this notation to stage an almost totally complete reconstruction of the original 1898 production for the Teatro alla Scala.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Raymonda, available under a Creative Commons license.