Le diable à quatre (ballet)

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Frontispiece from a piano reduction of pieces taken from the Mazilier/Adam Le Diable à quatre, 1845. The frontispiece depicts, from left to right - Lucien Petipa, Jean Coralli, Carlotta Grisi, Maria Mazilier, and Joseph Mazilier.
Aleksander Tarnowski as the Count and Konstancja Turczynowicz as the Peasant, 1847

Le Diable à quatre is a ballet in two acts and three scenes (or in three acts),[1] with choreography by Joseph Mazilier, music by Adolphe Adam, and libretto by Adolphe de Leuven, first presented by the Ballet of the Académie Royale de Musique on 11 August 1845, with Carlotta Grisi (as Mazourka) and Lucien Petipa (as Count Polinski).


Variations from Adam's score for Le Diable à quatre were used for the male variation from the famous Paquita pas de trois (Minkus pas de trois) and the male variation from Flower Festival in Genzano pas de deux.

3-act revival with choreography by Ronald Hynd designed by Peter Docherty musical arrangement of Adam's score by John Lanchbery. Premiere for PACT Ballet South Africa June 26th 1984. Revival for Santiago Ballet Chile October 8th 1989. Both won Best Ballet Award 1984–89.




  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of Dance: Le Diable à quatre
  2. ^ Janina Pudełek, Warszawski balet romantyczny, 1802-1866, Polskie Wydawnictwo Muzyczne, Kraków 1968.