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Arts Calendar / June 15 / Ballet
19:00 Marco Spada
Ballet in three acts to music by Daniel-Francois-Esprit Auber. Choreography: Pierre Lacotte. Sets and Costumes: Pierre Lacotte. Music Director: Alexei Bogorad. “Marco Spada” is almost an entirely Western ballet. It is set in Italy in 1830, and its scenario, score, choreography and design are French. The West, however, neither has, nor should take, any special pride in “Marco Spada,” a ballet that has never had much place in repertory. As seen here, its dacors are superlative; its costumes are charming (both are by Pierre Lacotte, the choreographer); and the dancers are excellent, but the ballet itself is silly. The story is a comedy, despite ending in its protagonist’s death. It concerns a bandit (Marco Spada); his daughter, Angela; and three aristocrats — the Marchesa Sampietri; her fiance, Prince Federici; and Count Pepinelli — of marriageable age. The marchesa and the count are mutually smitten, but cannot marry until Spada, in the final scene, tells a passing friar to marry them. When the friar refuses, Spada cheerfully threatens to cut the friar’s throat, which prompts an immediate wedding...
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