Médée et Jason (1763)

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Start date: 
1 January 1763
Production notes: 
This was the first production of Noverre's famous ballet. It was one of the two ballets which were performed as interval entertainments during the performance(s) of Jommelli's opera La Didone abbandonata which was performed for Duke Carl Eugen's birthday. The second interval ballet was titled Orfeo ed Euridice. This choreography was very popular and it was disseminated throughout Europe by Noverre's pupils. Vestris staged two in Paris before 1776 (see the New Grove Dictionary on Vestris) and one in London in 1781 (Sartori ID 18746). Printed synopses survive for the Milan productions in 1773 (Sartori ID 19177) and in 1788 (Sartori ID 11833). The latter is titled Giasone e Medea; the formulation on the title page of its scenario states that the ballet 'Stato altre volte dato dal sig. Carlo Le Picq ed ora rimesso dal sig. Domenico Le Fevre'. This probably refers to the earlier Milan production, but probably also implies that at least some of the similarly titled productions by Le Picq and his collaborator Ricciardi were based on Noverre's original choreography. These productions were Giasone and Medea by Le Picq and Ricciardi, Venice 1771 (Sartori ID 431) and Medea e Giasone by Le Picq, Naples 1775 (Sartori ID 7559). Le Picq and Le Fevre's production at Venice in 1784 credits Noverre as the author (Sartori ID 17585). This production also alludes to the Paris stagings of the ballet by Vestris. Potentially influenced by Noverre were also Giasone e Medea by Ricciardi, Rome 1785 (Sartori ID 11832) and Giasone e Medea by Ricciardi, Reggio di Emilia 1787 (Sartori ID 7581). Le Fevre's last identified production took place in Naples in 1794 (Sartori ID 13081).
Media of production: 
Choreographic work (dance, ballet, mime etc)
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Information related to this production

Script Author(s)
Medea Euripides
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
Medea in Performance, 1500-2000 Book library 4, 236

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Médée et Jason (1763), accessed at http://www.apgrd.ox.ac.uk/productions/production/3348 <13 June 2024>