Lilac Garden

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Tudor, music by Ernest Chausson, and designs by Hugh Stevenson (who also collaborated on the libretto). Premiered 26 Jan. 1936 by Ballet Rambert at the Mercury Theatre, London, with Maude Lloyd, Laing, Tudor, and van Praagh. Set to Chausson's Poème, it is one of Tudor's first great psychological ballets exploring the secret emotional lives of a quartet of Edwardian lovers. On the eve of her marriage Caroline encounters the man she really loves, along with the woman who, unknown to her, is her fiancé's discarded mistress. The ballet has been revived for many companies, including American Ballet Theatre (1940), New York City Ballet (1951), National Ballet of Canada (1953), Royal Ballet (1968), Royal Danish Ballet (1970), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (1980), Royal Swedish Ballet (1985), Paris Opera Ballet (1985), National Ballet of Cuba (1986), and the Kirov Ballet (1991).

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