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A Raymonda reimagined as Florence Nightingale and set in the Crimean war?  I imagine the crusades are on the politically incorrect list like so much else.  Wild horses wouldn't drag me to this one.

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A new version by Tamara Rojo, after Marius Petipa.

Love and courage in a time of war.

England, 1853. Raymonda runs away from her comfortable life to become a nurse in the Crimean War. There, she becomes engaged to a soldier, John, but soon develops feelings for his friend Abdur, a leader of the Ottoman army. As turmoil grows around and inside her, who will she give her heart to?

Taking inspiration from the ground-breaking spirit of Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, creates a new version of the classic story ballet, Raymonda.

This adaptation keeps the best of the 19th-century original – its glorious and sensuous score by Alexander Glazunov and the classical choreography of ballet genius Marius Petipa – and updates it with a dramatic new story, introducing a heroine in command of her own destiny.

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On 1/29/2020 at 8:37 AM, kbarber said:

England, 1853. Raymonda runs away from her comfortable life to become a nurse in the Crimean War. There, she becomes engaged to a soldier, John, but soon develops feelings for his friend Abdur, a leader of the Ottoman army. As turmoil grows around and inside her, who will she give her heart to?

How interesting!  We're in such a fascinating time, with ever-more meticulous reconstructions on the one hand, and far-flying reinterpretations on the other.  For those of us who love to think about identity, and what makes a certain work itself (reproduceable and recognizable), we are having a splendid time!

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