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Ballet in one act with prologue and epilogue, with choreography and libretto by Tudor, music by William Schuman, and designs by Raymond Breinin. Premiered 10 Apr. 1945 by Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, with Hugh Laing, Diana Adams, Alicia Alonso, John Kriza, Lucia Chase, Patricia Barker. The ballet portrays the psyche of a disturbed young man who murders a prostitute (by choking her to death) during sex. All the characters in the ballet, with the exception of the young man (known as the Transgressor), have names taken from Greek and Roman mythology.

Subjects: Dance.


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