Les Présages

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Ballet in four movements with choreography and libretto by Massine, music by Tchaikovsky, and designs by André Masson. Premiered 13 Apr. 1933 by Colonel de Basil's Ballets Russes, in Monte Carlo, with Verchinina, Baronova, Riabouchinska, Lichine, and Woizikowsky. The ballet is set to Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony and portrays man's struggle with fate. The four parts are called: ‘Action’, ‘Passion’, ‘Frivolity’, and ‘War’ (or ‘Fate’). It was revived by Tatiana Leskova for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1989, for the Joffrey Ballet in 1992, and for Australian Ballet in 2007. It was Massine's first symphonic ballet, part of a ground-breaking series that also included Choreartium, Symphonie fantastique, La Septième Symphonie, and Rouge et noir.

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