Petipa at Harvard

Houghton Library, Harvard University Harvard Yard , Cambridge

Visit a new exhibition, Step Back: Seeing Ballet’s Future in the Past, based on Harvard’s remarkable Sergeyev collection. This exhibit celebrates the bicentenary of Marius Petipa’s birth. Petipa (1818–1910) came to Russia in 1847, and spent the rest of his career at the Maryinsky Imperial Ballet. He created more than 50 ballets, Swan LakeThe Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty among them. On view are dance notations, photographs, costume designs, programs, books and objects from the Harvard Theatre Collection, as well as digital content. Come discover why choreographers the world over go back to Petipa to find inspiration for the future.

Opens September 6 and runs through December 18

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