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Marius PetipaThe Emperor's Ballet Master$
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Nadine Meisner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190659295

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190659295.001.0001

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Looking Back, Moving Forward

Looking Back, Moving Forward

(p.77) 4 Looking Back, Moving Forward
Marius Petipa

Nadine Meisner

Oxford University Press

After Petipa’s marriage to his first muse, Maria Surovshchikova, and the death in Russia of his father, Jean, chapter 4 travels back in time to trace Jean’s career as a ballet master in Marseilles and in Brussels at the Théâtre de la Monnaie. It describes Marius’s early family life, his siblings, and the impact of the Belgian Revolution. Returning to Russia, it looks at Petipa’s impact as a teacher and his choreographic beginnings in St Petersburg, which included the one-act Parisian Market. This is the ballet the Petipas took with them to show at the Paris Opera with Maria Petipa dancing, a season which triggered two law-suits, one of them involving Petipa’s old friend Perrot. There then follows an account of the circumstances around The Pharaoh’s Daughter, the big ballet that brought Petipa to prominence.

Keywords:   Petipa’s marriage, Jean Petipa’s death, Marseilles, Belgian Revolution, Théâtre de la Monnaie, Maria Petipa, The Parisian Market, Paris Opera, Perrot law suit, Pharaoh’s Daughter

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