Offenbach in the Underworld

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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Tudor, music by Offenbach (arranged by George Crumb), and designs by K. Ambrose. Premiered 17 Jan. 1955 by the National Ballet of Canada at the Palace Theatre in St Catherine's, Ontario, with Lois Smith, David Adams, and Earl Kraul. In a fashionable café in the 1870s customers flirt with each other: an operetta star, a grand duke, a starving artist, a handsome officer, and a debutante. Tudor said of this ballet: ‘There isn't an ending, only a closing time.’ It had earlier been staged for the Philadelphia Ballet Company in 1954, but the 1955 version for the National Ballet of Canada was considered definitive. It was revived for American Ballet Theatre in 1956 and for City Center Joffrey Ballet in 1975.

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