Running Time: 103 min
Picture Format: 16:9
Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Menu Languages NTSC: GB
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, SP
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Live Recording from Opéra National de Paris 2003.
Choreography by Pierre Lacotte After Joseph Mazilier and Marius Petipa & Set Design and Costumes by Luisa Spinatelli.
Paquita provides a superb example of “French” style exported to Russia. Originally a two-act ballet, created in 1846 at the Paris Opera (located in the rue Le Peletier at that time) in a choreography by Joseph Mazilier (who danced the role of James in Philippe Taglioni’s La Sylphide before becoming Ballet Master at the Académie Royale de Musique) and set to music Edouard-Marie-Ernest Deldevez. The Spanish subject suited the “exotic” tastes of the times. The story concerns a young girl of noble birth carried off by gypsies whilst only a child. After endless adventures the story ends with an unhoped-for joyful reunion.
A ballet rescued from oblivion returns home to the Paris Opera. Today, Pierre Lacotte, who has already revived La Sylphide and other works from the romantic period, has undertaken the reconstitution of this Paquita that Theophile Gautier so adored. Starting with Mazilier’s two acts the ballet ends in a blaze of glory with Petipa’s entertainment, a fi reworks display of pas d’école. The music by Delvedez and Minkus has been revised and orchestrated by David Coleman, whilst Luisa Spinatelli, drawing inspiration from the original models made for the work’s creation, has conceived new sets and costumes.