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Sunday showing for 'The Pharoah's Daughter'

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Pharoah's Daughter, an epic extravaganza, will be shown on Sunday, at 11:30 a.m., at Palace Cineplex and Palace Multiplex.

The Pharaoh's Daughter (La Fille du Pharaon) is the first significant success among all of the great ballets created by Marius Petipa, French ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer, for the historic Imperial Theatre in St Petersburg, Russia. This work was pivotal in the acclaim that was to solidify Petipa's recognition as the most influential ballet master and choreographer of ballet.

Victor Marius Alphonse Petipa has created more than 50 ballets, some of which have survived in versions true to, inspired by, or recreated from the original. Among them are The Pharaoh's Daughter (1862), Don Quixote (1869), La Bayadere (1877), Le Talisman (1889), The Sleeping Beauty (1890), The Nutcracker (1892), Le Reveil de Flore (1894), La Halte de cavalerie (1896), Raymonda (1898); Les Saisons (1900) and Les Millions d'Arlequin (a.k.a. Harlequinade) (1900).

He also revived works by other ballet masters, many which have become the foundation from which all subsequent productions are inspired.

Marius Petipa is also considered a master innovator as he changed the art of classical ballet by inserting divertissements (displays of dance that were symbolic or had bearing on the story) to give dancers who were not leads an opportunity for exposure. This was important as at that time native Russia-trained dancers were not being given the chance to display their talents because of the influx of foreign guest dancers.

Petipa's divertissement strategy was so successful that it eventually became a technique used by many choreographers as a way to break a scene or allow for wardrobe changes.

The plot of The Pharaoh's Daughter is loosely based on Theophile Gauthier's novel, Le Roman de la Momie. French choreographer Pierre Lacotte was exclusively commissioned in 2000 by the Bolshoi Theatre to resurrect Marius Petipa's Egyptian fresco and he succeeded in giving new life to this forgotten masterpiece.

Excellent production

With its exotic setting, impressive parades, spectacular variations and crowd scenes, the 19th-century Orientalist fantasy is one of the most remarkable productions in the Bolshoi's repertoire.

The main roles in this current season are danced by Bolshoi principals Svetlana Zakharova, Nina Kaptsova and Ruslan Skvortsov.

Encore performances of the 2014-2015 season of the Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow are now showing at Palace Cineplex in Kingston and Palace Multiplex in Montego Bay. During the season five magnificent classics, including The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and the previously unreleased ballet Ivan the Terrible, will be captured live and made available to cinemas.

These performances will showcase the talent of the Bolshoi principals, soloists and corps de ballet in vivid and captivating HD. Each programme will be preceded by a 20-minute pre-show to include scenes of Moscow, views of the Bolshoi Theatre and the season trailer.

Tickets are on sale at participating theatres' box offices and via the web at www.palaceamusement.com, with a Palace Card.