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Updated: Mar 15

The history of the ballet "Paquita" dates back to the 19th century and is associated with several versions and adaptations made by different choreographers over time. Here is a general presentation of the history of the ballet "Paquita".

The ballet "Paquita" was first created in 1846 at the Opéra de Paris, France.

The original libretto was written by Paul Foucher and the ballet was choreographed by Joseph Mazilier.

The music was composed by Édouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus.

The story of "Paquita" takes place in Spain, during the time of the Spanish War of Independence against Napoleonic occupation. The main character is Paquita, a gypsy of Spanish descent, who is actually of noble descent but was abducted as a child. She is raised by gypsies and becomes a talented dancer.

The plot develops when Paquita meets a French officer, Lucien d'Hervilly, and falls in love with him. However, Paquita soon discovers that Lucian is actually the Duke of Mazovia's nephew, who was kidnapped as a child like her. The Duke of Mazovia is a supporter of the Spanish cause and was raised in a Spanish family.

At the end of the story, Paquita and Lucien discover their true identity and noble ancestry. They are reunited and can live their love freely. The ballet usually ends with a grand pas de deux between Paquita and Lucien, showcasing their virtuoso dance technique.

Over the years, different versions and adaptations of "Paquita" have been made by different choreographers. One of the most famous versions is that of Marius Petipa, who revised the ballet in 1881 for the Imperial Russian Ballet. Petipa's version became the most influential and is often featured today.

"Paquita" is known for its virtuoso dancing, demanding technical variations and Hispanic vibe. The ballet showcases the beauty and grace of the dancers, with elegant ensembles and spectacular solos.

Today, "Paquita" is still a popular ballet and is often performed by many ballet companies around the world. It has also been adapted into various forms, including choreographic excerpts used in dance galas and competitions. The ballet is loved for its haunting music, demanding choreography and romantic storytelling.

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