Russian Ballets: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

“The Pharaoh’s Daughter” (1862) is a ballet masterpiece, Marius Petipa’s first serious success, hardly remembered at present. It is a treasure for those who are interested in the classical Russian ballet school. Another curious fact about the performance is that Petipa decided to make it as a grand spectacle involving about 400 people & using plenty of different styles & techniques.

The libretto is based on a novel “Le Roman de la mommie” by  Théophile Gautier. Ancient Egypt was very in vogue that epoch, so the ballet had a great success. The plot so far: An English lord & his servant shelter from a sandstorm in an Egyptian pyramide accompanied by their guide. They are very noisy & the last one warns them to be quiet not to awake the mummy of the Pharaoh’s daughter, Aspicia. To make the Englishmen relaxed he gives them some opium. Instantly weird things begin to happen, while the lord makes a travel into the past. He turns into Ta-Hor, an Egyptian noble man who is in love with princess Aspicia & he is to experience a great love story full of adventures, chasing, anger, while its wonderful end means only the end of his strange dream that might be not a dream at all. It depends only on your metaphysical perception of our reality.

As it is a rare ballet, Esteemed Readers,I share with you a link to a modern version. I think it won’t leave you dissapointed: Pharaoh’s Daughter

Enjoy the performance!😊

Maria KethuProfumo


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4 Responses to Russian Ballets: The Pharaoh’s Daughter

  1. Thank you, Maria. I look forward to watching this ballet.

  2. fulvialuna1 says:

    Che storia fantastica!
    Ho apprezzato molto il balletto, colmo di personaggi e fantastici ballerini, ma non ti nego che avrei voluto vedere la versione originale.

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