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La Ronde


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Ballet in one act with choreography by Tetley, music by Erich Korngold, and design by John Macfarlane. Premiered 6 Nov. 1987 at the O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, by the National Ballet of Canada with Ronda Nychka, Alleyne, Glasco, Harrington, Sabina Alleman, Peter Ottmann, Kim Lightheart, Owen Montague, Kain, and Augustyn. It is based on Schnitzler's play, Reigen (1896–7), which satirizes the amorality of fin de siècle Vienna as various characters (each representing a different social rank) seduce each other in a sexual merry-go-round. Tetley's choreography mimics this concept with a series of interlocking pas de deux, graphic in their erotic content, which begin and end with a prostitute. It has been revived for several companies, including the Royal Ballet (1993).

Subjects: Dance.


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