Scènes De Ballet

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Ballet in one act choreographed to Stravinsky's score of the same title. The definitive version was choreographed by Ashton with designs by A. Beaurepaire and was premiered 11 Feb. 1948 by Sadler's Wells Ballet at the Royal Opera House, London, with Fonteyn and Somes. Ashton described his ballet as ‘just an exercise in pure dancing’; in fact it is one of his finest works, the complex geometries of its choreography wittily evoking the grandeur of 19th-century classicism. Stravinsky's score was originally composed for a divertissement in Billy Rose's revue The Seven Lively Arts, and he himself specified that it should have a cast of two soloists and a corps of four men and twelve women. Dolin choreographed and danced in it (with Markova) at its first performance, 7 Dec. 1944, at the Ziegfeld Theater, New York. This production did not use the entire score; Ashton's was the first to do so. Later versions include G. Blank (Berlin Opera Ballet, 1952), Cranko (Stuttgart Ballet, 1962), and Taras (New York City Ballet, 1972). The Ashton version has been revived by Berlin Opera Ballet (1968) and Dutch National Ballet (1992), among others.

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