M. Petipa. Commemorative plaque

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On Sunday, March 11, 2018, in honor of the 200 anniversary since the birth of Marius Petipa the commemorative plaque was established on the building of Vaganova Ballet Academy. The governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko, the General Consul of France in St. Petersburg Hugo de Chavaniac, the rector of Academy of Vaganova Nikolay Tsiskaridze participated in the opening ceremony.

The great ballet master is represented on the bronze bas-relief of the memorial. The gilded inscription which decorates the plaque says: “In this building from 1847 to 1905 Marius Ivanovich Petipa served in glory of the Russian Ballet”. He was a Frenchman who received the Russian citizenship. He lived in St. Petersburg 60 years and put on 64 own ballets, adapted a lot of ballets of other choreographers and composed about 50 dancing inserts for operas.    

The Mariinsky Theater has started a ballet marathon dedicated to the great ballet master which has been opened with a “museum” performance – the reconstruction of the ballet ‘Sleeping Beauty”. “Swan Lake” by Petipa and his pupil Lev Ivanov will be performed on the historical and on the new stage of the theatre as well.  Within the framework of the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum a new square of Marius Petipa will be opened near the Mariinsky Theater. Moreover the Forum will take place under the auspices of his anniversary. 

Besides, in November there will be an exhibition “Petipa. Dancemania” in the Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art. 

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