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Major new book on Petipa by Roland John Wiley


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After years of rumour Roland John Wiley’s major new study of Petipa and his ballets has just been announced for publication next month:

https://anthempress.com/the-petersburg-noverre-marius-petipa-in-russia-hb

Professor Wiley, known for his lifetime’s devotion to ballet scholarship of the highest order, looks here to have reached a new high point. The price is not untypically steep for an academic work of this scale but no doubt libraries are already placing their orders. This is very exciting!

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On 4/1/2022 at 10:07 AM, Helene said:

I'm going to need to start saving for that one :)

No kidding.

This kind of catalog raisonne is as useful as it is rare in dance -- there are a few floating around in our world, but not enough. 

I listened in on a talk by dance scholar Harmony Bench last year, about a project tracking Katherine Dunham's career.  She and her research colleague (forgive me but I cannot remember her name right now) have been compiling chronological information about Dunham personally, and about her company -- where they were week by week, what they did, and who might have seen them dance.  The level of detail is as impressive as it is astonishing, and for those of us who are interested in how dance developed around the US in the middle of the 20th century, this is invaluable information.  I'm so glad to see this kind of detailed work being done in dance.

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The above-cited Anthempress link includes a sub-link to the following Table of Contents, which has me drooling.

Introduction – Petipa in His Time and Place; Chapter 1 – Petipa Comes to Russia; Chapter 2 – The State of the Imperial Ballet; Petipa’s Tour to Moscow; Chapter 3 – Fanny Elssler in St. Petersburg; Chapter 4 – The 1850s. Influences on Petipa; His First Compositions; Chapter 5 – Before The Pharaoh’s Daughter; Chapter 6 – 1862; Chapter 7 – 1863; Chapter 8 – 1864; Chapter 9 – 1865. A Lack Of Novelties; Ballerina Problems; Chapter 10 – 1866; Chapter 11 – 1867; Chapter 12 – 1868; Chapter 13 – 1869; Chapter 14 – 1870; Chapter 15 – 1871; Chapter 16 – 1872; Chapter 17 – 1873; Chapter 18 – 1874; Chapter 19 – 1875; Chapter 20 – 1876; Chapter 21. – 1877; Chapter 22 – 1878; Chapter 23 – 1879; Chapter 24 – 1880; Chapter 25 – 1881; Chapter 26 – 1882; Chapter 27 – 1883; Chapter 28 – 1884; Chapter 29 – 1885; Chapter 30 – 1886; Chapter 31 – 1887; Chapter 32 – 1888; Chapter 33 – 1889; Chapter 34 – 1890; Chapter 35 – 189.; Chapter 36 – 1892; Chapter 37 – 1893; Chapter 38 – 1894; Chapter 39 – 1895; Chapter 40 – 1896; Chapter 41 – 1897; Chapter 42 – 1898; Chapter 43 – 1899; Chapter 44 – 1900; Chapter 45 – 1901; Chapter 46 – 1902; Chapter 47 – 1903; Chapter 48 – 1904; Chapter 49 – 1905; Chapter 50 – 1906; Chapter 51 – Petipa’s Last Years; Chapter 52 – Postscript. A Baker’s Dozen Reminiscences Of Petipa; General Appendices – A Calendar Of Petipa’s Life In Russia; A Worklist; Individuals Important To Petipa; Bibliography Of Works Consulted.

 

Between the Nadine Meissner bio, the St. Petersburg Theater Museum's beautiful 2-volume 200th-birthday set, and this, we should all be in Petipa Heaven soon.

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Yes, this is the same book. I think the Anthem Press page has simply not been updated since the book went into production. The same info has been sent to other online retailers.

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