Concerto Barocco

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Bach, designs by Eugene Berman. Premiered 29 May 1941 by the American Ballet Caravan at Hunter College Playhouse in New York, with Marie-Jeanne, Mary Jane Shea, and William Dollar. A plotless ballet set to Bach's Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, it epitomizes Balanchine's genius for creating a danced dialogue with music. It had its first official performance (New York being considered a preview) on 27 Jun. 1941 at the Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, part of the American Ballet Caravan's S. American tour. It entered the repertoire of New York City Ballet on 11 Oct. 1948 and has subsequently been revived for many companies around the world. While the original costumes were highly decorated it is now generally performed without decor and with the dancers in practice clothes.

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