Ballet Imperial

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Tchaikovsky, and designs by Doboujinsky. Premiered 29 May 1941, by American Ballet Caravan, at the Hunter College Playhouse, New York, with Marie-Jeanne, Gisella Caccialanza, William Dollar, and Nicholas Magallanes. A plotless ballet set to Tchaikovsky's 2nd Piano Concerto, this is Balanchine's tribute to Tsarist Russia, to the classical style of his roots at the Mariinsky (Imperial) Theatre in St Petersburg. It was revived for the Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1950 with new designs by Eugene Berman, and for New York City Ballet in 1964 (designs Ter-Arutunian), when the cast was led by Suzanne Farrell and Jacques d'Amboise. For a 1973 restaging at the New York State Theater, the choreographer changed the title to Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 after discarding the women's classical tutus and the men's princely tunics in favour of less formal costumes. The ballet has also been staged by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1944), Australian Ballet (1967), American Ballet Theatre (1988), and the Mariinsky (2004).

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