Marius Petipa

Petipa at about fifteen.

Petipa at about fifteen.

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Major Works

His major works include Don Quixote (1869), La Bayadère (1875), The Sleeping Beauty (1890), The Nutcracker (1892), Le Roi Candaule (1868), Swan Lake, Acts One and Three (1893), and Raymonda (1898).


In 1847, Marius Petipa became the Premier danseur in the Imperial Theatres of St. Petersburg in Russia.


He was Premier Maître de Ballet of the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatres from 1871 until 1903.


He created over fifty ballets.


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Marius Petipa Background

    Marius Petipa was born in Marseilles, France on March 11, 1818, but grew up in Brussels. He was heavily influenced by his parents, his mother being a drama teacher/actress and his father being a ballet dancer. He began taking ballet at age seven, and was in his first performance,La Dansomani,at age nine. The Belgian Revolution caused the theatre his father worked at to be shut down, leaving him without a job.

    In 1834 the Petipa family relocated to Bordeaux, France where Marius’ father had gained the position of Maître de Ballet at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux. While in Bordeaux Marius completed his ballet training,and by 1838 he was appointed Premier danseur to the Ballet de Nantes in Nantes, France. He began to create his own choreography while he lived in this city.

   Six years later, Petipa had made his debut as a dancer, and by 1847 he accepted the position of Premier danseur to the Imperial Theatres of St. Petersburg. He continued to choreograph in Russia until the 1880’s. He died July 14, 1910.

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