Catarina or La Fille du Bandit

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This article is about Perrot and Pugni's ballet. For other uses, see Catarina (disambiguation).
Lithograph by J. Branard of Lucile Grahn in the title role of the Perrot/Pugni Catarina. Here Grahn is costumed for the celebrated Pas Stragétique. London, 1846

Catarina or La Fille du Bandit is a ballet in 3 Acts-4 Scenes, with choreography by Jules Perrot, and music by Cesare Pugni. Libretto by Jules Perrot, based on an incident in the life of the Italian painter Salvatore Rosa.

First presented by the Ballet of Her Majesty's Theatre, on March 3, 1846 in London, England. Principal Dancers - Lucile Grahn (as Catarina, leader of the Banditti), Jules Perrot (as the Lieutenant Diavolino)

Revivals/Restagings[edit]

  • Restaging by Jules Perrot for the Imperial Ballet, with Cesare Pugni revising his original score. First presented at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre on February 4/16 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1849 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Principal Dancers - Fanny Elssler (as Catarina, leader of the Banditti), Christian Johansson (as Salvatore Rosa), and Jules Perrot (as the Lieutenant Diavolino). This restaging is known that one rehearsal held by himself Emperor Nicholas I of Russia. The Emperor came to see the rehearsal and saw that Fanny Elssler and dancers of the corps de ballet wrong to hold guns. And he began to show how to hold a gun.
  • Revival by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Ballet, with Yuli Gerber revising and making additions to Cesare Pugni's score. November 1/13 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1870. First presented at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. Principal Dancers - Adèle Grantzow (as Catarina, leader of the Banditti), and Pavel Gerdt (as the Lieutenant Diavolino)
Lucile Grahn as Catarina with Jules Perrot as Diavolino in the celebrated Polka de Catarina from the Perrot/Pugni Catarina, London, 1846
  • Revival by Enrico Cecchetti for the Imperial Ballet, with Riccardo Drigo revising and adding new music to Cesare Pugni's score (in the version revised by Yuli Gerber). First presented at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre on October 25/November 6 (Julian/Gregorian calendar dates), 1888 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Principal Dancers - Elena Cornalba (as Catarina, leader of the Banditti), and Pavel Gerdt (as the Lieutenant Diavolino)

Notes[edit]

  • Catarina was one of the great triumphs of the choreographer Jules Perrot, the Ballerina Lucile Grahn, and the composer Cesare Pugni, all of whom were highly praised for their work.
  • Marius Petipa's 1870 revival of Catarina was produced especially for a benefit performance in honor of the composer Cesare Pugni, who had died in January that same year. All of the opening night's box office receipts were given to the composer's family.