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Petipa's "Bluebeard"

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#1 Lidewij


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Posted 06 May 2014 - 03:11 AM

The Grand Pas from this ballet was reconstructed by Vasily Medvedev and performed at Dance Open; a rehearsal video has turned up on youtube:


Does anyone know anything more about this ballet? What is the context of this Grand Pas? I'm wondering what the doors with 'past', 'present' and 'future' above them in the backdrop signify.



Edit: another video of what appears to be the coda. Filming quality is not very good, but it gives an idea.

#2 FauxPas


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:47 AM

1896 ballet by Marius Petipa, music by Pyotr Schenk.  Supposedly was the most lavish spectacle Petipa had done so far.  Restaged by Nicolas Legat in 1910.  Libretto based on Perrault. 




This probably would be a wedding pas de deux where the handsome hero has saved Bluebeard's wife from joining his previous wives in death.  Handsome hero kills Bluebeard and marries now ex-Mrs. Bluebeard.  Mrs. Bluebeard gets to keep castle, treasury and dungeons.

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Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:51 AM

Now Eifman would have done justice to the original story.

#4 sandik


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Posted 08 May 2014 - 10:15 PM

How interesting -- the only Bluebeard I've seen was Pina Bausch, which was not like this at all...

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