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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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Questions of Style and Structure

Questions of Style and Structure

(p.135) 6 Questions of Style and Structure
Marius Petipa

Nadine Meisner

Oxford University Press

The principle focus of chapter 6 is aesthetic, examining Petipa’s structures and devices; most of his big ballets fitted the same model started by The Pharaoh’s Daughter. As part of the tendency for ever-bigger scale and precedence of dance over narrative, Petipa used massed ensembles to great effect. He considered important the inclusion of national dance, but equally made recurring use of dream or vision sequences as classical-dance interludes. To conclude his ballets, he usually liked to present a tableau to bring a satisfying resolution. Don Quixote and King Candaules illustrate Petipa’s methods and are examined in detail. The chapter ends with Saint-Léon’s sudden death in Paris.

Keywords:   ballet à grand spectacle, dreams and visions, national dance, apotheoses, Don Quixote, King Candaules, Saint-Léon’s death

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