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Ninel Kurgapkina in "The Little Humpbacked Horse"


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Here is some footage of the celebrated Kirov/Mariinsky Prima Ballerina Ninel Kurgapkina performing excerpts from the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet's former production of The Little Humpbacked Horse.

This is the version of the ballet that was composed by Italian composer, Cesare Pugni and originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Leon for the Imperial Ballet, premiered in St Petersburg in 1864. The ballet was later revived by Petipa in 1895 for Pierina Legnani and then again by Alexander Gorsky, first in 1901 and then again 1912. Sadly, Pugni's version of The Little Humpbacked Horse is no longer performed today, which is a shame because his music is absolutely splendid.

This clip features Mme. Kurgapkina as the Tsar Maiden and the excerpts are from the scene of the Tsar Maiden's Enchanted Isle:

And here is a second clip of her dancing a pas de deux from the ballet with Sergei Demidov and as you can hear, this is not Pugni's music. It was Gorsky who was responsible for this musical interpolation and it certainly was not a good choice for one of Pugni's ballets...

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