Gala Performance

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Tudor, music by Prokofiev, and designs by Hugh Stevenson. Premiered 5 Dec. 1938 by the London Ballet at Toynbee Hall Theatre, London, with van Praagh, Maude Lloyd, Gerd Larsen, Tudor, and Laing. A wicked parody of ballet conventions, set to Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto and his Classical Symphony, it shows preparations for a gala followed by the gala itself. Three rival ballerinas, La Reine de la danse from Moscow, La Déesse de la danse from Milan, and La Fille de Terpsichore from Paris, compete for the audience's approval. It was revived for several companies including Ballet Rambert (1940), Ballet Theatre (1941), the National Ballet of Canada (1953), Berlin Opera Ballet (1963), Royal Danish Ballet (1970), and Australian Ballet (1990). Although Tudor himself grew to dislike this ballet, it remains one of his most popular creations.

Subjects: Dance.

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