In 2000, a pioneer in the currently popular field of reviving old ballets, French choreographer Pierre Lacotte did his best to get the most out of what’s left of the famous performance of Petipa, and created himself the things that were beyond the restoration. Thus the Bolshoi received the exclusive and landmark production.
Marius Petipa’s first breakthrough as a choreographer – his first full-length ballet which once enjoyed great success and became the precursor of his further victories – got a new life, earning the love of both Russian and foreign audiences.
Indeed, the reasons for its widespread popularity were almost the same as nearly one hundred and fifty years ago (the original production of La Fille du Pharaon premiered in 1862) – stunning scenery depicting exotic landscapes (ancient Egypt and the underwater Kingdom of the Nile), endless processions of soldiers, dressed in traditional costumes, fantastic dreams of the main character, where the mummy comes to life and turns into the daughter of the mighty pharaoh, incredible plot twists, and for sure excellent choreography. As Pierre Lacotte describes the technique of this ballet, the artists to dance La Fille du Pharaon are like the violinists to play Paganini.