Las Hermanas

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by MacMillan, design by Georgiadis, and music by F. Martin. Premiered 13 Jul. 1963 by Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, with Papendick, Haydée, Keil, and Barra. It is set to Martin's Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra and is based on Federico García Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba. Reproducing the claustrophobic atmosphere of Lorca's play, MacMillan's tautly expressive movement tells the story of five sisters raised in a repressive household. The eldest is engaged to be married, but her fiancé is seduced by the youngest sister and the pair are betrayed by the jealous middle sister. The ballet ends with the eldest sister resigned to lonely spinsterhood, and the youngest hanging herself in shame. It was revived for Western Theatre Ballet (1966), American Ballet Theatre (1967), Australian Ballet (1979), Dance Theatre of Harlem (1996), and Sarasota Ballet (2007). Other versions of the same story include those by Ailey (Feast of Ashes, mus. Surinach, 1962), Sertic (Las apasionadas, mus. Kelemen, 1964), and Pomare (Las desenamoradas, mus. M. Coltrane, 1967).

Subjects: Dance.

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