The Travelling Dancer

Ballet in one act
Music by Cesare Pugni
Libretto by Marius Petipa

World Première
16th November [O.S. 4th November] 1865
Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, Saint Petersburg

Original 1865 Cast
Alma
Maria Surovshchikova-Petipa

Liubov Radina
Carmen

Rinaldo
Timofei Stukolkin

Plot
Set in Spain, bandits hold up a post chaise carrying Alma, a famous dancer, and her female companion. They rob them, but she disarms them with her grace and softens their rough hearts. They return to her what they have taken, after which, an officer appears and rescues the captives. The bandits are caught up with shooting, wounding and more.

Maria Surovshchikova-Petipa as Alma (1865)
Maria Surovshchikova-Petipa as Alma (1865)