‘Harlequinade’ in Costa Mesa brings a masterpiece back to life

By Jordan Riefe

When Marius Petipa debuted “Harlequinade” in the winter of 1900, he was a ripe 82 years old, at the end of a legendary 50-year career. In his time, he essentially created the dance language, still very much in use today, through his original productions of classics such as “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “La Bayadere,” and “Don Quixote,” to name a few. “Les Millions d’Arlequin,” or “Harlequinade,” is commonly considered his final masterpiece.

“It was one of the best comical ballets in the history of dance,” choreographer Alexei Ratmansky says of his latest production. This month, the American Ballet Theatre [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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