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Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan


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Ballet in one act with choreography by Ashton and music by Brahms. It originated as a short gala piece for Lynn Seymour, premiered 22 Jun. 1975 at the State Opera House, Hamburg, using only one Brahms Waltz, Op. 39, No. 15. In this impressionistic recall of Duncan, Seymour was dressed in a near-transparent shift like that worn by Duncan and though the movement was not an authentic reconstruction it evoked the visionary lyricism of her performances. The final version, with Waltzes Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, and 13 added, was premiered by Seymour for Ballet Rambert's 50th anniversary gala at Sadler's Wells on 15 Jun. 1976. It has been revived by American Ballet Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

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