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“Esmeralda”, a masterpiece of 19th century ballet, has returned to the renovated stage of the Bolshoi Theater.

The last time Moscow’s public could it was back in 1934.

It is one of many works for stage and screen that are based on Victor Hugo’s famous novel “Notre Dame de Paris”. It was first staged in London in 1844, 13 years after the novel was published, with music by Italian ballet composer Cesare Pugni.

The head of the Bolshoi ballet, Yuri Burlaka, and choreographer Vasily Medvedev have decided to reconstruct the choreography created by Marius Petipa.

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