Flower Festival in Genzano – Strebinger – Male Variation


Male variation from Flower Festival in Genzano

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August Bournonville, a Danish dancer and ballet teacher, created the one-act ballet The Flower Festival in Genzano. The libretto, which was derived from a story in Alexandre Dumas’s Impressions de voyage, depicts the tale of two young lovers named Rosa and Paolo and makes reference to the festival that is still held each June in Genzano, Italy.

The ballet had its world premiere on December 19, 1858, in Copenhagen, and the Danish Royal Ballet performed the full work until 1929, when it was retired from the repertoire. One of Bournonville’s most flawless compositions, so the saying goes. It must be seen in the Festival of Flowers in Genzano, which marks a transition to naturalism and is hailed as a masterpiece of Bournonville’s international virtuosity. This work is a blatant example of Danish style, with a strong and admirable technique that places more emphasis on the feet than other parts of the body.

Shortly after its debut, the original ballet was lost, but in 1875, Bournonville created a divertissement and repurposed the dance de deux from the montage he had already created for the Vienna Festival of Flowers. This was part of the repertoire up until 1929, but Harald Lander, the director of the Royal Ballet, staged it in 1949.

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