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(orig. Dan. title Enetime; often under French title, La Leçon)

Television ballet in one act with choreography by Flindt, music by G. Delerue, and design by Daydé. Premiered on Danish television 16 Sept. 1963 with Flindt, Amiel, and T. Chelton. It is inspired by Ionesco's play of the same title but takes the original schoolroom scenario into the ballet studio. Here it shows a teacher becoming so crazily incensed by a female pupil's work that he kills her, the action suggesting that exactly the same scenario will be repeated the next day, with a different pupil. It was Flindt's first ballet and his most successful, receiving the Prix Italia and subsequently transferring to the stage. The first production was at Paris Opéra Comique, 6 Apr. 1964, with Flindt, Amiel, and L. Garden and it has since been revived by several companies, including Royal Danish Ballet (1964), Western Theatre Ballet (1967), City Center Joffrey Ballet (1968), San Francisco Ballet (1998), by Johan Kobborg (London, 2003), and the Royal Ballet (2005).

Subjects: Dance.


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