To our great regret, we have to announce the closing of Petipa Marathon 2020. We are sorry to report that due to force majeure, the worldwide Corona pandemic, and Belgian Government “COVID 19” regulations, we cannot implement our Summer Program.
On behalf of the Petipa Marathon team, we would like to formally invite you to participate in the two-weeks Petipa Summer Program, the classical ballet intensive, that will be taking place on July 6-17, 2020 and will be held in the BALLET STUDIOS, César Franck 52, 1050 Brussels, Belgium.
The Petipa Marathon Summer Program is designed for advanced students 15+ and young dancers 21-.
We believe it to be a wonderful opportunity to explore, enjoy and work on the art of Marius Petipa, the father of classical ballet, using extracts from some of his legendary works. The secrets of classical ballet are hidden in the details. These details will be shared with you by the best teachers from the Mariinsky Theatre – Petipa’s home theatre, where he worked and created more than 70 different ballets and dances throughout his 60 years in Saint Petersburg, Russia and by the International team of ballet coaches.
The legacy of Marius Petipa is not only embodied in the repertoire that has been passed on to us by his dancers, who later became the teachers of the Imperial (Vaganova) ballet school and the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres. In our days, delving into various archive materials and, foremost, into the choreographic notations from the collection of N.G. Sergeyev, allow the researchers to get a more accurate insight into Petipa’s choreographic works. Today, the reconstructions based on the documents are highly demanded across the theatres worldwide. Yet again, they are opening to the audience the world of long-forgotten performances and are giving back the historical identity to inherited masterpieces. There are many ways of approaching the interpretation and deciphering of the notations, as there are edges of a prism, serving to reveal to us the various sides of classical ballet. The study of such reconstructions in practice presents us with a priceless opportunity to let the choreography of the great masters of the past pass through our very own bodies.
Pure Classical Ballet
We offer pure classical ballet, technique and original repertoire of Marius Petipa, without modern, contemporary and other supplementary classes, instead, we offer an educational program, the ballet-miming and ballet history.
The classical ballet lessons will be given by an excellent teacher from the Mariinsky Theatre, the home of Petipa, where his traditions were kept, “leg to leg and arm to arm”. The original Petipa Repertoire: solo variations, corps de ballet and character dances will be taught by International team of ballet coaches.
- Our coaches from the Mariinsky Theatre will teach the Traditional Petipa.
- Our choreographer-scientists have analyzed the unique Petipa ballets notations from the “Stepanov Collection” located at the Harvard University, They will coach the Reconstructed Petipa. Today, the reconstructions based on the documents are highly demanded across theatres worldwide, as an example, the works of Sergey Vikharev, Alexey Ratmansky, Doug Fullington, Yuri Burlaka, Slava Samodurov.
- Our teachers will coach the Imperial Petipa collected from great Petipa ballerinas that immigrated from St. Petersburg after the Revolution in 1917.
All teachers and coaches will provide the lessons with ballet history. Additionally, we will organize a guide trip on the “Petipa Road” from La Monnaie, where he studied ballet, to the street of his home.
Enjoy The Result
Petipa Summer Program is an opportunity for professional dancers and advanced students to be taught and coached in the Russian Petipa style, develop their ballet education and improve their technique, learn and master a new repertoire, present their professional capabilities in a demonstration at the end of the 2 weeks course (open-door day) and add a new repertoire to their portfolio. The teachers and audience can enrich the participants’ knowledge by observing and engaging in an interactive discussion regarding its history, staging and execution.