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Divertimento No. 15


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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Mozart, set by Morcom and costumes by Karinska. Premiered 31 May 1956 by New York City Ballet at the American Shakespeare Festival Theater, Stratford, Connecticut. Its New York premiere was 19 Dec. 1956 at the New York State Theater with D. Adams, Hayden, Mounsey, Wilde, Millberg, Magallanes, Tobias, and Jonathan Watts. Balanchine's setting of Mozart's Divertimento in B flat major, K. 287, is choreographed for five ballerinas, three men and eight corps de ballet, the movement luminously reflecting the mood and structure of each of the score's five movements. Although it has no plot its dance imagery can partly be viewed as a celebration of love. A first version of the ballet was premiered under the title Caracole in 1952 at City Center, New York, and a later version with sets by Hays was premiered 27 Apr. 1966 at New York State Theater. It has entered the repertory of many companies including Dutch National Ballet (1971), Royal Danish Ballet (1978), Paris Opera Ballet (1978), San Francisco Ballet (1979), Birmingham Royal Ballet (1989), and Suzanne Farrell Ballet (2003).

Subjects: Dance.


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