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10 April 2021 (Sat), 19:00 World famous Mariinsky Ballet and Opera - established 1783 - Classical Ballet Edouard Deldevez, Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo "Paquita" ballet in three acts

Running time: 3 hours (till 22:00)

The performance has 2 intermissions

Schedule for Edouard Deldevez, Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo "Paquita" ballet in three acts 2021-2022

Composer: Ludwig Minkus
Composer: Riccardo Drigo
Composer: Edouard Deldevez
Costume Designer: Elena Zaitseva
Choreography: Yuri Smekalov
Production design: Andrei Sevbo
Lighting Designer: Konstantin Binkin

Orchestra: Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra
Ballet company: Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet

Classical Ballet in 3 acts

Premiere of this production: 30 March 2017, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia

Paquita, without doubt, would have answered to the tastes of our age, with its penchant for all kinds of melodrama. The heroine, a girl of aristocratic origin, whom bandits kidnapped as an infant, lives a nomad existence with a band of gypsies, traveling through the towns and villages of Spain. After undergoing various adventures, she is eventually reunited with her parents and acquires a suitor of noble birth. But Time has been harsh on Paquita: jettisoning both storyline and itspantomime development, it spared only the dance element in the ballet.

Yuri Smekalov is working on the new production, while Marius Petipa's choreography of the Grand pas is being reconstructed by Yuri Burlaka. The St Petersburg premiere of the ballet Paquita in 1847 (a transfer of the Paris production at the Bolshoi (Stone) Theatre was Marius Petipa's first work as a choreographer in Russia. Having undergone several revivals, which saw the addition of individual dance numbers, the ballet remained on the playbill for a long time. In the Soviet period the full version of the ballet vanished from the repertoire – only the bravura Grand pas was retained, to this day remaining a "jewel in the crown" of ballet evenings. 


Gypsies steal a jewelry chest with a family medallion from the corregidor’s house, along with his baby daughter. They intend to train the noble parents’ child as a street dancer to earn money. 

Act I 
Madrid city square
Señors, ladies, merchants, and peasants, admire young gypsy girls dancing. Beautiful Paquita pleases everyone. Clemente, the corregidor’s secretary, asks her to perform the love sonnet he wrote, but Paquita rejects the poet's fervent confessions. The viewers enthusiastically applaud the girl’s talent while the old gypsy woman collects the money she has earned. Officers appear along with caballero Francisco de Cárcamo and his son Andrés. Unable to take his eyes off the beautiful gypsy girl, he confesses his love to her. Paquita asks the young man to prove his love: he must travel with the gypsies for two years, so that she could test his feelings and, perhaps, accept his proposal. The enamoured caballero agrees to change the officer's uniform for gypsy clothes and leaves with the gypsies.

Gypsy camp
The gypsies teach Andrés their customs. The young caballero gladly explores every delight of his new life. Deep passion arises between Paquita and Andrés. The old gypsy man sends his people to earn some money. 

Act II
A rich widow’s inn
The widow invites gypsies to dispel her sorrows and entertain her noble guests, including the corregidor with their dances and songs. Carducha, the widow’s daughter, gets fascinated by the dances of the young gypsy man and obsessed with passion. Secretly, she confesses her feelings to Andres, but he rejects her, for his heart belongs to another girl. The insulted Carducha conceives vengeance: she plants the family silver into the gypsy cart.
The old gypsy woman says goodbye to the hostess. But Carducha insists that the artists' things must be searched before they leave. Despite the excellent performance, the reputation of the gypsy is not flawless. In the cart, the servants discover the stolen valuables and a jewelry chest that seems familiar to the corregidor. Officers detain the disguised caballero, and one of the guardians of the law deals Andrés a slap in the face. Unable to withstand the insult, the caballero snatches the sword from the officer and, amidst the brawl, wounds the offender mortally. The corregidor, who witnessed the murder, orders that the young man be arrested immediately. Paquita, who tried to defend her lover, also gets arrested.

The prison
Andrés and Paquita are in jail. In their thoughts, they are saying farewell to each other and to their lives. The jailers chain Andrés, while the corregidor orders that Paquita and the old woman be brought to his house.

The corregidor’s house
The corregidor shows the jewelry chest that was found in the gypsy cart to his wife, Doña Guiomar. She notices that the medallion stored in it is absolutely similar to the one depicted in the portrait of her long-lost baby daughter. The old gypsy woman remembers that it was from this house that she kidnapped a little girl years ago. All doubts are dispelled: Paquita is the daughter of the corregidor and Doña Guiomar. Paquita begs them to pardon Andrés. 

The prison
The corregidor asks Andrés to prove his noble origin. The caballero responds with a noble dance, wondering how his secret was revealed. The corregidor tells everyone about the happy finding of his lost daughter. The priest blesses the young couple.

The corregidor‘s house
Numerous guests arrive to celebrate the wedding of Paquita and Andrés, including the groom’s father Francisco de Cárcamo, officers, gypsies and bridesmaids. Everyone congratulates the newlyweds.

Schedule for Edouard Deldevez, Ludwig Minkus and Riccardo Drigo "Paquita" ballet in three acts 2021-2022

Sergei Polunin - Grand Pas from the ballet Paquita
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Sergei Polunin - Grand Pas from the ballet Paquita

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