Posted 05 January 2006 - 07:27 PM
Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:08 PM
I was wondering if anyone could give me an answer to my question.
What ballet is the famous female variation with the tambourine from? I have never seen it in a full-length ballet (if I am not mistaken it is not performed in the full-length La Esmeralda? Or is it?), and in competitions it is always listed as Esmeralda Pas de Deux. I also read somewhere that the variation was taken from Romualdo Marenco's ballet “Sieba” or “La Spada di Wodan”, 1877. I'm confused!
How should the variation be announced in terms of its name and the name of the ballet it is from?
Thanks in advance!
Posted 16 November 2006 - 02:49 PM
the Esmeralda ballerina in the Esmeralda pas de six where the title character dances partnered by the character of Gringoire and framed by 4 corps de ballet women with tambourines - which dates from petipa's 1899 prod - includes the use of a tambourine but the music is drigo's and the mood somewhat more dramatic than festive.
as you know, the original composer for LA ESMERALDA at it's 1844 premiere was Cesare Pugni.
a solo, of different mood, but also with music credited to drigo, and also said to be an interpolation of petipa's from 1899, has come to us - according to recent program credits from the paris opera as "adapted by Genia Mlikova and Nicholas Beriosoff (1954)".
perhaps this is the variation you mean, in which case here's how the paris program credited the pas de deux in 2003:
PAS DE DEUX
MUSIC: RICCARDO DRIGO
CHOREOGARPHY: AFTER PETIPA (1899) ADAPTED BY GENIA MELIKOV AND NICHOLAS BERISOFF (1954)
hope this helps.
Posted 17 November 2006 - 01:51 PM
Posted 25 November 2006 - 05:12 PM
Best of luck ~ Meggy
Posted 06 November 2008 - 01:48 PM
Posted 30 January 2016 - 01:32 AM
Coming very late to the party, but for those interested in the Esmeralda "tambourine variation", I highly recommend reading the extensive and detailed caption from "Mr Lopez" on this YouTube clip of the complete "Esmeralda Pas de deux", from which it comes. Mr Lopez clearly doesn't think much of the variation (he considers it tacky and gimmicky) but, personal opinions aside, he provides very useful information about where this variation really comes from (short story: NOT La Esmeralda, which is why you can watch the complete ballet and not see it) and also the original source of the music.