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Marius Petipa: The Emperor's Ballet Master

Nadine Meisner


Born two hundred years ago in Marseilles, Marius Petipa spent more than sixty years in Imperial Russia as a ballet master, serving directly under the eye of the Emperor. He became the greatest choreographer of the nineteenth century, creating a quantity of work, some of which—such as Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty—has survived to attract audiences all round the world. In Russia, he was revered, even if by the end of his life he had become outmoded and new ideas were circulating, culminating in the experiments of Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Yet even the rebels recognized his genius and ... More

Keywords: ballet, Imperial Russia, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, aesthetics, Diaghilev, Ballets Russes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190659295
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190659295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nadine Meisner, author
Independent Scholar and Dance Writer