One of the greatest 19th-century classical choreographers, Marius Petipa was born in France in 1818. In 1847 he went to St Petersburg as a principal dancer with the Imperial Ballet and stayed with the company until his death in 1910. He made his debut as a choreographer in 1849. 20 years later he took charge of the Maryinski Company, producing for them his greatest works: La Bayadère (1877), The Sleeping Beauty (1890), Swan Lake (jointly with Lev Ivanov, 1895) and Raymonda (1898). Petipa's supreme talent was for the composition of classical dances that also enhance the action by conveying an emotion or an idea. Under his rule the Maryinsky Ballet grew into the grandest and most polished company in the world and preserved the great tradition of ballet at a time when it had practically died out as an art elsewhere.
David Bintley wins Classical Choreography Award for Cinderella
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director David Bintley has won the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography. The award was for Cinderella, which premiered in November 2010 before touring the UK throughout the following year.
Five pieces of choreography inspired by birds
We've previously collected together lists of animals that appear repeatedly in our ballets, including horses and mice. However none so far have enjoyed such iconic choreography as our current subject: birds! Here are just five of our feathered favourites, each with an accompanying video clip: