La Vivandière, ou Markitenka

Ballet in one act
Music by Cesare Pugni

World Première
23rd May 1844
Her Majesty’s Theatre, London
Choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon

Original 1844 Cast
Kathi
Fanny Cerrito

Hans
Arthur Saint-Léon

Saint Petersburg Première
25th December [O.S. 13th December] 1855
Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre

Original 1855 Cast
Kathi
Maria Surovshchikova-Petipa

Hans
Jules Perrot

Première of Petipa’s revival
20th October [O.S. 8th October] 1881
Imperial Mariinsky Theatre

Plot
In a Hungarian village, Kathi, a regimental vivandière, is in love with Hans, the son of the innkeeper. However, the local mayor has also set his sights on Kathi and seeks to hinder the young couple from being together. The adventures of the charming girl and her beloved form the plot.

Fanny Cerrito as Kathi (1844)
Fanny Cerrito as Kathi (1844)