8 Facts About Marius Petipa

1. For the performance, Marius Petipa created a new variation for the ballerina to Drigo's music that is still danced today by the lead Ballerina in the famous Paquita Grand Pas Classique.

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2. In late 1902 Marius Petipa began work on a ballet adaptation of the tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs titled The Magic Mirror.

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3. Throughout the 1880s Marius Petipa staged revivals of older works with increasing regularity.

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4. On 29 May 1861 Marius Petipa presented his 1859 ballet Le Marche des parisiens at the Theatre Imperial de l'Opera in Paris as Le Marche des Innocents.

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5. At the time Marius Petipa had arrived in St Petersburg, the Imperial Ballet had experienced a considerable decline in popularity with the public since the 1842 departure of Marie Taglioni, who had been engaged in the Imperial capital as guest ballerina.

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6. Rather than keep his fateful appointment, Marius Petipa quickly left Spain, never to return.

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7. While in Bordeaux, Marius Petipa began mounting his own original full-length productions.

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8. At the time of Marius's birth, Jean Marius Petipa was engaged as Premier danseur to the Salle Bauveau (known today as the Opera de Marseille), and in 1819 he was appointed Maitre de ballet to that theatre.

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