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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Schumann, and design by Ter-Arutunian. Premiered 19 Jun. 1980 (gala preview 12 Jun.) by New York City Ballet at New York State Theater, New York, with Farrell, von Aroldingen, Watts, Mazzo, d'Amboise, Luders, Martins, and I. Andersen. This setting of Schumann's 1837 piano cycle Op. 6 was created three years before Balanchine's death and surprised critics with its mysterious, Romantic quality. The stage is set as a melancholy ballroom, peopled by four emotionally fraught couples. There are some glancing references to Schumann's own life but the work's meaning seems ultimately held in the anguished and hesitant style of the dancing.

Subjects: Dance.

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