Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Petipa, Marius

(1818-1910), French/Russian dancer, teacher, and choreographer, he is cited nearly unanimously by the most noted artists of the classical ballet to be the most influential balletmaster and choreographer that has ever lived. He created over 50 ballets, and noted for his long association with the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres. Marius Petipa was born in Marseille, France and trained in Belgium, famed in France and Madrid, in 1847 he moved to St. Petersburg to accept the position of Premier danseur to the Imperial Theatres and stayed in Russia until his death.

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