Cleopatra Ballet Essay

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Cleopatra: A Timeless Tale What do we really know about Cleopatra? Cleopatra was one of the most powerful, beautiful, and accomplished women in history. Numerous artistic works have tried to recreate and retell the story of this extraordinary queen. This new adaptation shaped Ballet is definitely unique for several reasons. Claude-Michel Schönberg, the playwright of Les Misérables, and Davis Nixon, a Canadian choreographer join forces to create a magical and exciting ballet that is the story of Cleopatra. Cleopatra’s Story Cleopatra was the last reigning queen of Egypt. The Kingdom where she ruled was one of the old subdivisions of Alexander the Greats’ empire. Cleopatra shared the thrown with her brother, Ptolemy XII, whom she married according to custom. In 49 B.C. Ptolemy XII drove his sister and wife from the throne. Thirsty to win it back, Cleopatra used her charm to get the help of Julius Caesar who was in Egypt at the time. With his help, they removed her brother from the throne and had him killed. Cleopatra was then restored to her Egyptian throne as a joint ruler with her youngest brother Ptolemy XIII. Cleopatra soon after bore Caesar a son and named him Caesarian (Little Caesar). In 46 B.C. a year after Caesar’s return to Rome, Cleopatra joined him there. She returned to Egypt in 44 B.C. after Caesar’s assassination. Upon her return, she poisoned her brother to gain complete control of the throne. Later, Mark Antony, who shared Roman rule with Octavian, demanded to have Cleopatra appear before him to determine her loyalty. The moment Antony saw Cleopatra for the first time he instantly fell in love and stayed with her in Egypt for some time. Cleopatra and Mark Antony had several children. When Mark Antony returned to Rome, he married Octavian’s sister but later abandoned her to return to Egypt and be with Cleopatra. He lived a luxurious and

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