The Pharaoh’s Daughter

A real curiosity, Petipa’s first major ballet success as ballet master of the Maryinsky in St. Petersburg in 1862 was based on a story by Theophile Gautier; initially hugely popular it disappeared from the repertoire for 100 years.  It has been reinvented for the Bolshoi Ballet by Pierre Lacotte and will be transmitted live this coming Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix.   It promises to be a splendid piece of 19th century style oriental hokum with sumptuous decor and cheerful music by Cesar Pugni, as well as some spectacular dancing… (more…)