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At the castle of Doris, preparations are under way for the celebrations of the young countess Raymonda’s name day. Countess Sybille, her aunt, chides those who are present, including Raymonda's two friends Henrietta and Clémence, and the two troubadours Béranger and Bernard, for their idleness and their passion for dancing, telling them of the legendary White Lady, the protector of the ...
Februar 1894 ein Gedenkkonzert im Mariinski-Theater veranstaltet, bei dem das Petersburger Publikum neben Auszügen aus Tschaikowskys Jungfrau von Orléans, Romeo und Julia und der Krönungskantate auch zum ersten Mal die zweite Szene aus Schwanensee zu sehen bekam, in einer neuen Choreografie von Lew Iwanow und mit der bedeutenden Primaballerina Pierina Legnani als Odette.
Pierina Legnani danced Odette. The revised act was a great success. It was presented again with even greater success. Marius Petipa was the Ballet Master at the Mariinsky. He was impressed with the success of these two presentations. He made the decision to stage the complete ballet at the Mariinsky.
Pierina Legnani (left) and Olga Preobrajenskaya (right) costumed as Medora and Gulnare, respectively, for the scene "Le jardin animé" from Marius Petipa's final revival of Le Corsaire for the Imperial Ballet. St Petersburg, 1899. Legnani was the first ballerina ever to be officially titled as Prima ballerina assoluta, the highest rank for women.
Pierina Legnani (1863–1930) from Milan followed as similar path, also dancing at the Mariinsky from 1892 where she originated famous roles in Petipa's ballets including Cinderella, Swan Lake and Raymonda, gaining the title of prima ballerina assoluta.
La plupart des grandes danseuses de l'Opéra de Paris ont gagné la Russie et le ballet de l'Opéra fait essentiellement appel à des danseuses italiennes formées à l'école de Carlo Blasis et d'Enrico Cecchetti, comme Aïda Boni, Pierina Legnani, Rita Sangalli ou Carlotta Zambelli. Le XX e siècle