Rouben Ter-Arutunian


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(b Tbilisi, Georgia, 24 Jul. 1920; d New York, 17 Oct. 1992)

Armenian-US stage designer. He studied in Berlin, Vienna, and Paris before emigrating to the US in 1951. He designed many ballets for Balanchine, among them The Seven Deadly Sins (1958 staging), Ballet Imperial (1964 staging), Nutcracker (1964), Harlequinade (1965), Coppélia (1974), Union Jack (1976), Vienna Waltzes (1977), and Davidsbündlertänze (1980). He also worked frequently with Tetley, designing his Pierrot lunaire (1962), Sargasso (1964), Field Mass (1965), Ricercare (1966), Chronochromie (1971 Hamburg staging), Laborintus (1972), and Voluntaries (1973). He also designed Graham's Visionary Recital (1961), Macdonald's Time Out of Mind (1963), and Butler's Villon (1969). In all, he designed more than three dozen ballets. Other choreographers he worked with included Robbins, Taras, Ailey, Feld, and Arpino.

Subjects: Dance — Theatre.

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