(Fr. title L'Histoire du soldat)
Dance theatre score, composed by Stravinsky and with a libretto by C. F. Ramuz. Its first production was staged with a combination of dance, mime, and spoken word and, with design by R. Auberjonois, was premiered 28 Sept. 1918 in Lausanne with Ansermet conducting and performers G. Rosset, J. Vilard-Gilles, and G. and L. Pitoëff. It tells the story of a soldier's battle of wits with the Devil. Later productions include Rennert and Helpmann (Edinburgh Festival, 1954), Babilée (Spoleto, 1967), and William Tuckett (London, 2004). Pure dance versions set to the concert suite include Cranko (Cape Town, 1942), Feld (American Ballet Theatre, 1971), P. Martins (New York City Ballet, 1981), A. Page (Soldat for Rambert Dance Company, 1988), and Javier De Frutos (The Fortune Biscuit, Rotterdam Dansgroep, 1998).