Don Juan, ou Le Festin de Pierre
For details of Molière's play, go to Dom Juan, ou Le Festin de Pierre
The original ballet
Drawing on the legend of Don Juan and the plays by De Molina, Molière and Shadwell, the ballet was an innovative piece, containing a coherent narrative telling of Don Juan's descent into Hell after killing his lover's father in a duel.
First performed at the Theater am Kärntnertor, Vienna, on 17 October 1761.
Translations and adaptations
Another version, a "grand pantomimical ballet" called Don Juan, or The Libertine Destroyed by Carlo Antonio Delpini (??-1828), "with songs, duets and choruses by Mr Reeve and music by Mr Gluck", was first performed at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane, on Tuesday, the 26th of October, 1790.
Performance history in South Africa
1866: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Le Roy and Duret Company in 1866. Described as a "Magnificent Ballet" , it was probably a company version of Gluck and Calzabigi's Don Juan, ou Le Festin de Pierre. Performances took place on 20 September (with Jocrisse the Juggler by D'Ennery and Brésil ); 22 September (with The Queen of the Abruzzi by Coyne) and Little Sentinel by Williams); 25 September (once more with Jocrisse the Juggler) and 27 September (with Retribution by Taylor).
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