Marius Petipa
dancer, choreographer

Marius Petipa

  • March 11, 1818 Marseille, France - July 14, 1910 Hourzouf, Crimée

Biography

From auspicious beginnings...

Although it was in St. Petersburg that Marius Petipa made his career, founding the Russian school of ballet and choreographing some of his best works, it was in Marseille that his story began in 1818. Born into a family of dancers, young Marius couldn't resist the siren call of the dance. He quickly realized that despite the incredible success of Romantic ballets like Giselle, the genre was stagnating. He wanted to revitalize it, putting the emphasis on storytelling through dance. By 1841 his career had taken him to Paris and Bordeaux (where he was named a principal dancer) and he presented his first narrative ballet: La Jolie Bordelaise (The Beauty of Bordeaux).

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Prix de Lausanne 50th anniversary: Gala des Étoiles
Prix de Lausanne 50th anniversary: Gala des Étoiles

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The Nutcracker by Francillon and Legris after Nureyev, Petipa, and Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker by Francillon and Legris after Nureyev, Petipa, and Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky

Nicoletta Manni (Clara) and Valerio Lunadei (Th...

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Don Quixote by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa, music by Léon Minkus
Don Quixote by Alexander Gorsky after Marius Petipa, music by Léon Minkus

Soslan Kulaev (Don Quixote), Viktoria Tereshkin...

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Swan Lake by Valery Kovtun after Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake by Valery Kovtun after Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky

Natalia Matsak (Odette / Odile), Denys Nedak (P...

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The Nutcracker by Valery Kovtun after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky
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Crazy for Opera: backstage at the Bavarian State Opera
Crazy for Opera: backstage at the Bavarian State Opera

With Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Kirill Petr...

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The Sleeping Beauty by Marius Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky
The Sleeping Beauty by Marius Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky

Marianela Núñez (Princess Aurora), Christopher ...

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The 2017 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert
The 2017 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert

With Christoph Eschenbach and Renée Fleming

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Swan Lake by Nureyev after Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake by Nureyev after Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky

Amandine Albisson, Mathieu Ganio, François Alu ...

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Marius Petipa's Giselle, music by Adolphe Adam
Marius Petipa's Giselle, music by Adolphe Adam

Marianela Nuñez (Giselle), Vadim Muntagirov (Al...

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Le Corsaire by Manuel Legris after Petipa, music by Adam
Le Corsaire by Manuel Legris after Petipa, music by Adam

Robert Gabdullin (Conrad), Maria Yakovleva (Méd...

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla conducts Mozart, Abrahamsen, and Tchaikovsky — With Barbara Hannigan
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Sleeping Beauty by David McAllister, after Marius Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky
Sleeping Beauty by David McAllister, after Marius Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky

Lana Jones (Princess Aurora), Kevin Jackson (Pr...

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Jean-Christophe Maillot's Le Lac, music by Tchaikovsky
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Paquita by Marius Petipa, after Joseph Mazilier, music by Léon Minkus
Paquita by Marius Petipa, after Joseph Mazilier, music by Léon Minkus

Amy Harris, Juliet Burnett, Lana Jones, Kevin J...

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Don Quixote by Nureyev after Petipa, music by Minkus
Don Quixote by Nureyev after Petipa, music by Minkus

Dorothée Gilbert (Kitri), Karl Paquette (Basili...

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The 2012 Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert
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Raymonda by Nureyev after Petipa, music by Glazunov
Raymonda by Nureyev after Petipa, music by Glazunov

Marie-Agnès Gillot (Raymonda), José Martinez (J...

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The 2006 Prague Ballet Gala
The 2006 Prague Ballet Gala

L'Histoire de Manon, La Fille du Pharaon, La Be...

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Nutcracker by Patrice Bart after Marius Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker by Patrice Bart after Marius Petipa, music by Tchaikovsky

Daniel Barenboim (conductor) – Staatsoper Berlin

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The Glory of the Kirov
The Glory of the Kirov

Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Du...

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XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition: Winner's Gala (I/II)
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XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition: Winner's Gala (II/II)
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The 2018 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert
The 2018 Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night Concert

With Valery Gergiev and Anna Netrebko

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La Bayadère by Marius Petipa, new staging by Yuri Grigorovich, music by Léon Minkus
La Bayadère by Marius Petipa, new staging by Yuri Grigorovich, music by Léon Minkus

Svetlana Zakharova (Nikiya), Vladislav Lantrato...

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Gloria in Excelsis Deo: A Christmas Concert by Thomas Clamor and the Sächsische Bläserphilharmonie – With Ruth Ziesak
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The Mariinsky II Opening Gala
The Mariinsky II Opening Gala

With Valery Gergiev

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The Nutcracker by Vainonen after Petipa and Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker by Vainonen after Petipa and Ivanov, music by Tchaikovsky

Alina Somova (Masha the Princess), Vladimir Shk...

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Gennadi Rozhdestvensky conducts Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker
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