Creation of the World

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(orig. Fr. title La Création du monde)

Ballet in one act with choreography by Börlin, libretto by Blaise Cendrars, music by Milhaud, and designs by Léger. Premiered 25 Oct. 1923 by the Ballets Suédois at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris, with Börlin and Ebon Strandin. It retells the story of the Creation through the imagination of a black African. Other versions are by de Valois (Camargo Society, 1931), MacMillan (Royal Ballet, 1964), and Bolender (New York City Ballet, 1964). A ballet of the same title using music by Andrei Petrov was choreographed for the Kirov by Natalia Kastakina and Vladimir Vasiliov with a created role for Baryshnikov.

Subjects: Dance.

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