This may be the original choreography (1860) of the only piece created by Marie Taglioni. She came out of retirement to choreograph it for her young protegee, Emma Livrey, who died tragically when her long tutu caught fire in the gas lights illuminating the stage. Marius Petipa revived Offenbach’s ‘Papillon’ in 1874.
Marie Taglioni taken in 1853.
Emma Livery in “Le Papillon”.
Satanella pas de deux.
A version was first staged in 1840 (at the Theatre de Ballet de l’Academie Royale de la Musique in Paris) by Joseph Mazillier, to the music of Napoleon Reber and Francois Benoist. Libretto: Jules Vernoy de St.-Georges. It was recreated by Marius and Jean Petipa for the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg in Feb. 1848. Petipa’s choreography is very difficult.