Episodes du ballet de Nisida, par Mabille; costumes fabuleux de feu Duponchel
NamesJanet, Gustave, b. 1829 (Illustrator)
Prints depicting dance
Ballet or dance scenes from theatrical works, with or without people in them
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1848 (Questionable)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFE-19 Jan G Nis 1
TopicsPlunkett, Adeline, 1824-1910 -- Caricatures and cartoonsPetipa, Lucien, 1815-1898 -- Caricatures and cartoonsNisida; ou Les amazones des Açores (Choreographic work : Mabille)Ballet -- France -- 19th century
NotesStatement of responsibility: dessinés par Gustave Janet.[Printed by] Imp. Aubert.Biographical/historical: Nisida; ou les amazones des Açores (choreography, Auguste Mabille; scenario, Eugène Deligny; music, François Benoist) was first presented at the Paris Opéra in 1848. The Duponchel mentioned in the cartoon's title may refer to Henri Duponchel, a scene designer who was then director of the Opéra. The cast was led by the ballerina Adeline Plunkett (a Belgian partly of Irish descent) in the title role as an officer in the army of Amazons ruled by the queen Josefa, danced by Mlle. Maria [Jacob]. Complications ensue when a shipload of Spaniards arrives, among them Don Éthur (Lucien Petipa), described in the ballet's scenario as the most elegant among them, and the hunchback Don Oscar, played by [Francisque Garnier?] Berthier. The central couple in the lower row may represent Josefa and Don Oscar, celebrating the resolution of the plot's entanglements.Biographical/historical: This print was probably published in a French illustrated periodical, possibly Le Monde Illustré, to which Gustave Janet frequently contributed. The comic strip form was introduced by lithographer Rodolphe Töpffer in 1833 and later adopted by wood engravers, who sometimes accompanied their illustrations with printed text.
Physical DescriptionWood engravingsExtent: 1 print : wood engraving, b&w ; 30 x 43 cm.
DescriptionCaricatures of a ballet, depicted in four scenes arranged in the manner of a comic strip. The top row contains three moments from a pas de deux, probably danced by the heroine Nisida and her love-interest, Don Éthur. An ensemble of Amazons, dressed in tutus accessorized by helmets and spears, appears in the scenes at center and at right. The image at far right probably depicts the first scene of Act 2, in which they doff their garments to bathe in a grotto. The lower row is occupied by a single scene filled with dancing couples, the men heavily bearded and dressed in sixteenth-century style, the women in short tutus with wreaths on their heads.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 759168014NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19376140Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): c890d3c0-0880-0133-2a57-58d385a7bbd0
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