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Paquita (1882)

Ballet: Work details

Choreographer: Marius Petipa
Composer: Léon Minkus
Music title: Paquita
Arranger: Gordon Jacob
Based on: Based on a dramatic scenario by Paul Foucher about a gipsy girl who thwarts an attempted assassination of a French officer during the Napoleonic occupation of Spain.
Notes: Paquita was originally created for the Paris Opéra with choreography by Joseph Mazilier and music by Edouard Deldevez. The first performance was on 1 Apr 1846. Other revivals followed. Marius Petipa produced the ballet in Moscow in 1847. When he revived it in 1882, in the ball scene at the end, he added a number of new dances to music specially composed by Minkus and it is these dances that are performed in this production of Paquita. Related work: Paquita (1847)
World premiere: 8 January 1882, Bolshoi Theatre, St Petersburg
ROH company premiere: 17 April 1980, Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth
Paquita - Grand Pas (2008) Bolshoi Ballet (2 performances online)