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Marius Petipa

Marius Petipa
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Maestro Marius Ivanovich Petipa, premier maître de ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. St. Petersburg, 1887.
Born Marius Alphonse Petipa
(1818-03-11)11 March 1818
Marseille, France
Died 14 July 1910(1910-07-14) (aged 92)
Gurzuf, Taurida Governorate, Russian Empire
Nationality French
Education Brussels Conservatory
Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux
Known for Ballet, Choreography

Marius Ivanovich Petipa (Russian: Ма́риус Ива́нович Петипа́), born Victor Marius Alphonse Petipa (11 March 1818 – 14 July [O.S. 1 July] 1910) was a French and Russian ballet dancer, pedagogue and choreographer. Petipa is considered to be the most influential ballet master and choreographer in ballet history.

Marius Petipa is noted for his long career as Premier maître de ballet (First Ballet Master) of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres, making him Ballet Master and principal choreographer of the Imperial Ballet (precursor of the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet), a position he held from 1871 until 1903. Petipa created over fifty ballets, some of which have survived in versions either faithful to, inspired by, or reconstructed from the original. Among these works, he is most noted for The Pharaoh's Daughter (1862); Don Quixote (1869); La Bayadère (1877); Le Talisman (1889); The Sleeping Beauty (1890); The Nutcracker (likely choreographed by Lev Ivanov, perhaps with Petipa's counsel and instruction) (1892); Le Réveil de Flore (1894); La Halte de cavalerie (1896); Raymonda (1898); Les Saisons (1900), and Les Millions d’Arlequin (a.k.a. Harlequinade) (1900).

Petipa revived a substantial number of works created by other choreographers. Many of these revivals would go on to become the definitive editions on which all subsequent productions would be based. The most famous of these revivals were Le Corsaire, Giselle, La Esmeralda, Coppélia, La Fille Mal Gardée (with Lev Ivanov), The Little Humpbacked Horse and Swan Lake (with Lev Ivanov).



  • Russian Ballet Master: The Memoirs of Marius Petipa (English) translated by Helen Whittaker/Introduction by Lillian Moore. Petipa's memoirs were first published in 1907 in Russia, and were then published in the west many years later. The current publication is out-of-print, and was released in 1971.
  • The Diaries of Marius Petipa translated, edited, and introduction by Lynn Garafola. Published in Studies in Dance History. 3.1 (Spring 1992). This publication includes Petipa's diaries from the last years of his life, from 1903 until 1907. It also includes a complete list of his works for the Imperial Ballet, as well as the dances he staged for the works of the Imperial Opera, and extensive notes for all of the diary entries and the works mentioned.
  • Mémoires (French) trans. by Galia Ackerman (), Pierre Lorrain. Petipa's memoirs in French.
  • Memuary Mariusa Petipa solista ego imperatorskogo velichestva i baletmeistera imperatorskikh teatrov (The Memoirs of Marius Petipa, Soloist of His Imperial Majesty and Ballet Master of the Imperial Theatres) (Russian). Petipa's memoirs in Russian as originally published in 1907.
  • A Century of Russian Ballet: Documents and Eyewitness Accounts 1810–1910 translated, and written by Roland John Wiley. This book discusses the most important productions presented by the Imperial Ballet from 1810 in the time of Charles Didelot on through until Mikhail Fokine's Le Pavillon d'Armide in 1907. It includes accounts of the company and the Imperial Ballet School as well as discussions of Petipa himself from dancers, composers, and historians.
  • Currently the scholar and ballet historian Roland John Wiley is working on a full biography of Marius Petipa.
  • Le Droit du seigneur (1838)
  • La Petite Bohémienne (1838)
  • La Noce à Nantes (1838)
  • La Jolie Bordelaise (1840)
  • L’Intrigue amoureuse (1841)
  • La Vendange (1842)
  • Le Langage des fleurs (1844)
  • Carmen et son toréro (1845)
  • La Perle de Séville (1845)
  • L’Aventure d’une fille de Madrid (1845)
  • Départ pour la course des taureaux (1845)
  • La Fleur de Grenade (1846)
  • Forfasella ó la hija del infierno (1846)
  • Alba-Flor la pesarosa (1847)
  • Beaumont, Cyrl W. Complete Book of Ballets.
  • Garafola, Lynn / Petipa, Marius. The Diaries of Marius Petipa. Trans, Ed., and introduction by Lynn Garafola. Published in Studies in Dance History. 3.1 (Spring 1992).
  • Guest, Ivor Forbes. Jules Perrot – Master of the Romantic Ballet.
  • Guest, Ivor Forbes. Letters from a Ballet Master – The Correspondence of Arthur Saint-Léon. Introduction by, and Edited by Ivor Guest.
  • Nekhendzi, A. (comp.) "Marius Petipa, Materials, recollections, articles" (Marius Petipa, Materialy, vospominaniya, stat'i) Ed. Yuri Slonimsky et al. (Leningrad State Theater Museum 1971).
  • Petipa, Marius. Memuary Mariusa Petipa solista ego imperatorskogo velichestva i baletmeistera imperatorskikh teatrov (The Memoirs of Marius Petipa, Soloist of His Imperial Majesty and Ballet Master of the Imperial Theatres).
  • Wiley, Roland John. Dances from Russia: An Introduction to the Sergeyev Collection Published in The Harvard Library Bulletin, 24.1 January 1976.
  • Wiley, Roland John, ed. and translator. A Century of Russian Ballet: Documents and Eyewitness Accounts 1810–1910.
  • Wiley, Roland John. The Life and Ballets of Lev Ivanov.
  • Wiley, Roland John. Tchaikovsky's Ballets.
  • Biographical/analytical article on Petipa
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