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Peasant Pas choreographyJules Perrot, Petipa?

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#1 hermes



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Posted 28 July 2006 - 09:05 AM

I understand the music for Peasant Pas was added to Adam's score by Frédéric Bergmüller. Because this came later, I'm wondering if Jules Perrot is the choreographer of this pas. I read somewhere that the leaps in peasant pas are at least in the manner of a Perrot ballet.
The reason I'm asking is that I recently prepared a playbill for a performance by my kids at the Governor's Honors Program of Georgia and got it wrong; I originally listed Petipa as the choreographer (terrible scholarship on my part! Yikes, how embarrassing!) I understand that Petipa did assist with a restaging for the Kirov and introduced some solos; but that it was Perrot that is responsible for the bulk of the work. Any information is greatly appreciated.

Edited to try to correctly display acute accents and umlaut. Apparently BBCode doesn't like character entities; though they are displaying fine on my, ahem, Mac.

#2 Pamela Moberg

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 03:14 PM

The Peasant pdd with music by Burgmuller - imagine two dots over the second "u". was first choreographed by Coralli. Then I suppose we can say that Petipa tampered with it, and I suspect so did some other choreographers. Coralli's version was first seen in 1841, so it is a bit hard today to imagine what it looked like then. :angel_not:

#3 Mel Johnson

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Posted 28 July 2006 - 06:22 PM

It's in the ballet because the original ballerina in the woman's part, Nathalie Fitzjames, had a sweetheart contract with the Paris Opera to dance in the opening of every major new production. When it got to Russia, I imagine Petipa did fiddle with it, but it's one of the most pristine examples of the structure of the pre-1870s pas de deux that exists today.

#4 hermes



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Posted 29 July 2006 - 07:01 AM

Thank you for the responses. I wish I had taken the time to post here before I printed my program! Poor scholarship on my part! I'm fairly mortified. I did set it well, though; as we say down here: it ain't braggin' if it's true! :clapping:
Giselle has such a rich history it seems that there's enough backstory there for a movie...Wait a minute! This doesn't tell the story of the ballet's creation, of course. Seems like there's plenty there, though.
I appreciate the quick replies and the next time I leave my cheat sheet at home; I'll remember to check here before I embarrass myself!
Thank you!

#5 Helene



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Posted 29 July 2006 - 08:27 AM

I'm able to insert śpéčïàł çħåřãċțëřŝ using the Character Palate on my Mac (and the Windows thingy -- that's a technical term -- as well as alt+combinations on my PC) and they show up fine here.

Perhaps your browser code page is incompatible? My browser (Firefox) is set to use Western: ISO-8859-1. On Firefox, the setting is under View/Character Encoding. On Safari, it's under View/Text Encoding and the options either of the Western options. Also "Default" works the same as the two Western options for me in Safari, but I would think that's dependent on geography. Safari works for extended ASCII characters only and will replace Eastern European and Turkish characters, for example, with ????'s.

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