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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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Ballet Wars Real and Imagined

Ballet Wars Real and Imagined

(p.107) 5 Ballet Wars Real and Imagined
Marius Petipa

Nadine Meisner

Oxford University Press

This chapter starts with the arrival of Arthur Saint-Léon as first ballet master and Petipa’s appointment as his deputy. It describes the warring ballet fans, the Petipists and Muravevists, and their respective ballerinas, Maria Petipa and Marfa Muraveva, along with the enduring dichotomy in ballet between technical brilliance and graceful expressiveness. The rivalry between Petipa and Saint-Léon was probably imaginary, but Petipa’s focus on near-exclusive foreign or fantastical subject was not, and was part of the recurring question of Russian versus Western themes in Russian art. The chapter ends with an account of the end of the Petipas’ marriage and a profile of Petipa’s daughter, Marie Petipa, a popular dancer in the Imperial Ballet.

Keywords:   balletomanes, Petipists and Muravevists, Marfa Muraveva, nationalist subjects, Saint-Léon, Marie Petipa

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