International Conference in Madrid (Spain) “Marius Petipa: from romantic ballet to classic”


The commemoration of Marius Petipa Bicentenary in 2018 will be occasion to celebrate an International Conference in Madrid about his creation, legacy and influence. Marius Petipa (1818-1910) was one of the most influential choreographer in ballet history, with key titles of ballet repertoire as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadere or Don Quixote. In his early years (1844-1847) he was engaged as bailarín principal (premier danseur) and choreographer at ‘Teatro del Circo’ in Madrid, where he developed his classical style, choreographied the Romantic Ballets and acquired a knowledge of Spanish Dancing. This period will influence his later creations in Russia, where he included Spanish dances within his main works and he also choreographed several complete ballets with Spanish theme and dances. In this way, Marius Petipa became a diffuser of Spanish culture and one example of the importance of international circulation of dancers, choreographers and repertoire during the 19th century.

Dates: Thursday 25th – Friday 26th October 2018

Venue: Madrid (Spain), Biblioteca Histórica Marqués de Valdecilla

Organization: Instituto Complutense de Ciencias Musicales (ICCMU) and Musicology Department of Universidad Complutense de Madrid, with the financial support of Fundación AISGE (Artistas Intérpretes Sociedad de Gestión) and ADE (Asociación de Directores de Escena de España)

Directors: Laura Hormigón (ADE, Madrid), Víctor Sánchez (Complutense University)

Scientific Committee: Jon P. Arregui (Universidad de Valladolid), Beatriz Martínez del Fresno (Universidad de Oviedo), Pascale Melani (Université Bourdeux), Idoia Murga (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Rocío Plaza Orellana (Universidad de Sevilla)

Guest Speaker: Sergey Konaev (State Institute for Art Studies, Moscow), Boris Illarionov (Vaganova Ballet Academy, San Petersburgo)



  • The scientific committee welcomes proposals addressing the following themes:
  • Marius Petipa: biographical aspects
  • The «Spanish» and Petipa
  • Choreographic creation of Petipa
  • Ballet in Spain in the 19th century
  • Music in romantic and classical ballet
  • Scenography, staging and dramatic development in ballet


Call for papers

You are welcome to send your paper proposal to the International Conference “Marius Petipa: from romantic to classic ballet ” in Madrid.

  • Submission of proposals: a document (.doc format) with the title of the communication, an abstract (maximum 300 words), name of the author and a short CV (10 lines).
  • Proposal must be send to
  • Deadline for submission: 15 June 2018

It is planned to publish a book with a selection of the most outstanding contributions.