Marius Petipa. Autograph signed letter. St-Petersburg, May 1, 1888


Marius PETIPA (1818-1910)
Dancer, Head of Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, choreographer for the Tchaikovsky ballets

Autograph signed letter. St. Petersburg, May 1, 1888, 2 pages bi-folded in-8 octavo, written in French

Fine letter from the famous ballet master evoking the St. Petersburg performances

I was forced to spend two weeks in Odessa near my son (dramatic artist) who is very ill with typhus. Fortunately, he has recovered. Yesterday I returned to Petersburg (...). Petipa then found the letter from his correspondent that his servants did not forward. A thousand apologies. I tell you, sir, that I was not abroad researching ballet. Sir, the director Wsévoloysky sent me to Rome to see Miss A dancing, who unfortunately fell ill with fever two days before my arrival. From Rome, I went to Paris to see my family. Now, discussing your kind offer. I thank you in advance for confiding my little merit, and offering me your Wandering Jew to come up here. The proposal arrived too late, a presented program was accepted before (my) departure (...) and that everything is ordered. Sir the Director to whom I showed your letter is ready to perform your work, despite the expenses detailed in your letter (...). Probably you have heard that St. Petersburg, opera or ballet is shown each evening, we must vary the shows to appeal to four subscriptions. Moreover, for this season, it would be impossible to represent your work at the Marie Theater [Mariinsky] for the scene is too small. We must renovate the Grand Theater this year and that is the reason the performance cannot be staged (...).
In the meantime, Petipa proposes to visit his correspondent in Paris during the Universal Exposition of 1889. In a postscript, he gave his address in the Russian capital at the Tchernyshov Bridge on the Fontanka (...).

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