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Director: Denis Caïozzi

Cast: Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Karl Paquette


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TDK presents this 2003 Opéra National de Paris production of the romantic ballet Paquita, with music by Edouard-Marie-Ernest Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus. Conducted by David Coleman, this performance features star dancers Agnès Letestu and José Martinez. ~ Dana Rowader  See more details below


TDK presents this 2003 Opéra National de Paris production of the romantic ballet Paquita, with music by Edouard-Marie-Ernest Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus. Conducted by David Coleman, this performance features star dancers Agnès Letestu and José Martinez. ~ Dana Rowader

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[Wide Screen]
[stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Interviews with Brigitte Lefèvre, Pierre Lacotte, Agnès Letestu and José Martinez

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Agnès Letestu Paquita
José Martinez Lucien d'Hervilly
Karl Paquette Iñigo
Richard Wilk Le Général/Comte d'Hervilly
Céline Talon La Comtesse
Jean-Marie Didière Don Lopez de Mendoza
Béartrice Martel Dona Serafiña
Premiers Danseurs et le Corps de Ballet de l'Opéra National de Pari Actor
Opéra National de Paris Actor
David Coleman Conductor

Technical Credits
Denis Caïozzi Director
Edouard Delvedez Score Composer
Pierre Lacotte Choreography
Joseph Mazilier Choreography
Ludwig Minkus Score Composer
Denis Morlière Executive Producer
Marius Petipa Choreography
Luisa Spinatelli Costumes/Costume Designer,Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Deldevez - Minkus: Paquita, Opera National De Paris
1. Overture [1:38]
2. Fête pour l'édification du monument à la méoire de Charles d'Hervilly [2:18]
3. Arrivée de la famille d'Hervilly [2:20]
4. Danse de Serafina et de Lucien [:59]
5. Arivée des gitans et de leur chef Iñigo [2:20]
6. Entrée de Paquita [:38]
7. Iñigo questionne brutalement Paquita. [2:59]
8. Danse espagnole - I [:55]
9. Danse espagnole - II [1:13]
10. Danse espagnole - III [1:06]
11. Iñigo vole le médaillon de Paquita [1:04]
12. Danse gitane de Paquita [1:08]
13. Variation de Lucien d'Hervilly [1:19]
14. Danse d'ensemble et deux gitanes [2:14]
15. "Pas des Manteaux" [1:32]
16. Paquita et les enfants [:51]
17. Pas de trois [8:15]
18. Danse d'ensemble: villageois [1:55]
19. Danse d'ensemble: enfants [:57]
20. Pas de deux - Paquita et Lucien [3:43]
21. Complot du Gouverneur Don Lopez de Mendoza et d'Iñigo [1:37]
22. Iñigo et le Gouverneur [2:42]
23. Paquita les écoute [1:11]
24. Arrivée de Lucien [1:07]
25. Danse de Paquita. Iñigo s'écroule. Lucien est sauvé. Paquita récupère son médaillon [1:28]
26. Danse de Paquita [2:36]
27. La Cheminée [2:13]
28. Arriveé des invités [:41]
29. Quadrille [1:06]
30. Mazurka [3:02]
31. Galop [1:23]
32. Entrée de Lucien et Paquita: Don Lopez, auteur du complot, est arrêté [3:03]
33. Paquita reconnaît son père dans le portrait de Charles d'Hervilly (identique au médaillon) [4:44]
34. Pas de deux [1:44]
35. Valse des invités [3:05]
36. Polonaise des enfants [4:19]
37. Entrée [4:38]
38. Adage [8:12]
39. Variation de Paquita [1:36]
40. Variation de Lucien [1:11]
41. Variation de Paquita [1:44]
42. Variation de Lucien [2:42]
43. Coda et Finale [5:11]
44. Credits [1:11]

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Paquita 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
danrubin06 More than 1 year ago
Paquita, originally staged in Paris by Joseph Mazilier, was redone (only the second act) by Marius Petipa. Since then, Mazilier's first act has been long lost, and Petipa's grand pas (from the second act) has been more and more intwined with bravura tricks. As time went on, Petipa's grand pas contained more and more variations and technical tricks, gaining a very classical style and being looked as a test of the technique of a company. If one would like to see this work of technique at it's best, I would recommend the Mariinsky's version (with Makhalina and Zelensky). Pierre Lacotte has done what was previously though impossible - he's found Mazilier's first act, and Petipa's original second act. With this, he's made a stunning, classical, romantic ballet. It's still a test of technique, but now, it has heart and contains a real story (with plenty of mime), unlike all other versions found today. Of course, it's near impossible to find EVERY second of this old choreography, so he's filled in the gaps with choreography á la Petipa. This doesn't have the same effect as the original choreography, and it's evident in some weak spots of the ballet. However, the ballet is so perfectly performed that it's easy to overlook, what with the technical grandeur of the Paris Opera Ballet. José Martinez and Agnès Letestu are absolutely stunning, with perfect lines and excellent acting. Though he isn't mentioned in the program, another amazing dancer with a fantastic jump is the man in the pas de trois, which is unforgettable. This version of the children's mazurka is adorable, though for fans of this, I'd recommend the Russian version; it's done with more technical proficiency, and on a much grander scale. Luisa Spinatelli was very successful in the new costumes and sets of this classic ballet, adding even more to the ballet's beauty. The music (a combination of Delvedez and Minkus) is played beautifully, as well. The ballet is also filmed wonderfully, (unlike most ballet films) the director didn't hate ballet, and new precisely what he was doing. Also included in the DVD are a series of short interviews, which I recommend seeing; they're very informative. In short, I'd recommend this ballet to anyone who'd want to see the Paquita as it used to be seen, over 150 years ago. It's entertaining as a ballet, and as a very important historical timepiece, one of the most renowned romantic ballets of the past.