Tales of Hoffmann

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Ballet in three acts with choreography and libretto by Peter Darrell, music by Offenbach (arr. Lanchbery), and designs by Alistair Livingstone. Premiered 6 Apr. 1972 by Scottish Theatre Ballet at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh, with Cazalet, Aitken, Hilary Debden, Marian St Claire, and E. McDonald. Based on Offenbach's opera, the ballet departs from its source by placing the Antonia act in the middle (between those of Olympia and Giulietta) and making Antonia a would-be ballerina rather than a singer. It was revived for American Ballet Theatre (des. P. Docherty) in 1973, a staging that had one ballerina dancing all three heroines. In 1961 Béjart choreographed a dance production of the opera at the Monnaie Theatre in Brussels. Massine provided the choreography for Powell and Pressburger's 1951 film of the opera.

Subjects: Dance.

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