Square Dance

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine and music by Corelli and Vivaldi. Premiered 21 Nov. 1957 by New York City Ballet with P. Wilde and Magallanes, and Elisha C. Keeler (caller). Balanchine's classical version of a square dance is choreographed for one leading couple and six other couples. Its sophisticated and elegant classical vocabulary makes witty reference to American folk and social dance, even while being set to the baroque music of Vivaldi (Concerti Grossi, Op. 3, Nos. 10 and 12, 1st movement only) and Corelli's Sarabande, Giga, and Bandineri. A revised version was premiered by the same company, with Mazzo and Cook in 1976. It has been revived for several companies including Joffrey Ballet (1971), Pacific Northwest Ballet (1981), English National Ballet (1994), and San Francisco Ballet (2004).

Subjects: Dance.

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