The ballet marked Petipa’s debut as a dancer and a choreographer in St. Petersburg. But only the last scene of the original three act ballet, the famous Grand pas classique, representing the dances at the wedding of the main characters, remained in the repertoire of ballet companies. Until recently it was part of the Ural […]

Iolanta / The Nutcracker

Presented as a diptych in the historic performance of 1892, Iolanta and The Nutcracker are once again brought together in this Paris Opera production. In Dmitri Tcherniakov’s staging and sets, they become one and the same work: the opera is the prelude to the ballet and the ballet the resolution of the opera. King René’s daughter, whose blindness disappears […]

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