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
Based on Recounting Don Juan's descent into Hell after killing his inamorata's father in a duel, the . first performance was in Vienna, Austria on Saturday, 17 October 1761, at the Theater am Kärntnertor. Its innovation in the history of ballet, coming a year before Gluck's radical reform of opera seria with his Orfeo ed Euridice (1762), was its coherent narrative element, though the series of conventional divertissement dances in the second act lies within the well-established ballet tradition of an entr'acte effecting a pause in the story-telling. The ballet follows the legend of Don Juan and his descent into Hell after killing his inamorata's father in a duel.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1866: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Le Roy-Duret company in 1866. Described as a "Magnificent Ballet" , it was probably a 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 Bresil); 22 September (with The Queen of the Abruzzi by and Little Sentinel by); 25 September (with Jocrisse the Juggler) and 27 September ((with Retribution by ).
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