Grand Pas from the ballet Paquita

one-act ballet
music by Ludwig Minkus


Choreography by Marius Petipa (1881)
Staged by Igor Zelensky
Ballet Master, Costume Designer: Yana Serebryakova
Stage Designer: David Monavardisashvili
Lighting Designer: Taras Mikhalevsky
Musical Director and Conductor: Alexander Novikov

45 minutes

Première of the production: 8 November 2013

Performed on tour to Delhi, India (2014), Thailand (2015)

Beauty and luxury of the Imperial ballet appeared on a grand scale in one of the best pieces by Marius Petipa, the brilliant Grand Pas from the ballet Paquita, so popular in the mid 19th century. The ballet itself, which, according to the fashion of the time, focused on the adventures of the main character  the young beauty and dancer Paquita, kidnapped by the Gypsies and wandering around Spain with them,  was forgotten long ago. The wedding act, however, specially created by Petipa to music by Ludwig Minkus, with whom the choreographer worked on La Bayadère and Don Quixote, is alive and well.

Grand Pas is a complex choreographic act, with a great virtuoso ballerina at the top of the hierarchy, no less than five top notch soloists and exceptional corps de ballet. There is no plot left in the act: the story is over, this is the triumph of Love, Youth, and Spanish esprit.

Cascades of dances and splendor of variations  thats what the brilliant Grand Pas is about.

The piece is a parade of the collective mastery and at the same time is a test of the individual gift. Each of the soloists should demonstrate her grandeur and thrilling skill, while prima ballerina must steal the show, demonstrate her super gift, super grandeur, in other words, shine bright not against the dull, but the brilliant background.
Vadim Gaevsky. From the book The House of Petipa