La Esmeralda


La Esmeralda was inspired by the novel Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo. The ballet was originally choreographed by Jules Perrot to music by Cesare Pugni with sets by William Grieve for three full acts.

In Le Jeune Dance’s special adaptation.......
The beautiful gypsy girl, Esmeralda, under gypsy law, “marries” the poet, Pierre Gringoire to save him from execution in the hands of the Gypsy King. The groom is smitten, but Esmeralda makes it clear that the marriage is strictly one of convenience. However, the corrupt Archdeacon Claude Frollo is unpleased with the entire situation and orders for the capture of Esmeralda.

Chance brings Esmeralda to a fateful encounter with the handsome Captain Phoebus de Châteaupers. She falls in love with him, unaware that he is engaged to the beautiful Fleur de Lys. Phoebus gives Esmeralda his fiancée’s scarf.