Monument for a Dead Boy

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by van Dantzig, music by Jan Boerman, designs by van Schayk. Premiered 19 Jun. 1965, by Dutch National Ballet, at the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam, with van Schayk and José Lainez. Using flashback and a non-linear narrative, the ballet tells the story of a repressed homosexual boy who is ultimately destroyed by his desires. At the time the subject-matter was controversially frank: not only did it portray homosexual love on stage, it also depicted heterosexual love as brutal, even violent. This is the ballet which brought Rudi van Dantzig to international attention. It was revived for the Harkness Ballet in 1969, American Ballet Theatre in 1973, the Royal Danish Ballet, and Berlin Opera Ballet in 1976. Later interpreters of the boy included Nureyev who performed it with Dutch National Ballet in 1968.

Subjects: Dance.

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