Ballet Arizona’s ‘Napoli’ Embodies a Culture of Exuberance

Feb 19, 2015 462

Naples, a city I adore, and its environs burst to life onstage in "Napoli," a ballet choreographed in 1842 by August Bournonville.

When the curtain rises on Act I, the audience applauds the view of the city's famous bay, with Vesuvius dominating the horizon. When it rises on Act II, the applause is accompanied by gasps, because here we're in the Blue Grotto of Capri. Act III is not set in any location so famous, but there's something so picturesque about its bridge and pilgrim shrine that the audience applauds anyway.

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