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Ballet in two parts with choreography by Graham and Balanchine, music by Webern, set and lighting by David Hays, and costumes by Karinska. Premiered 14 May 1959 by the Martha Graham Dance Company and New York City Ballet at City Center, New York, with Graham, Ross, McGehee, Winter, S. Wilson, Verdy, Watts, D. Adams, d'Amboise, Kent, Magallanes, Hayden, Moncion, and P. Taylor. It was first planned as a close collaboration between the choreographers but developed into two separate sections. Part 1 by Graham was set to Webern's Passacaglia, Op. 1, plus Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6, and it portrayed Mary Stuart (danced by Graham) recalling events from her life as she awaits her execution. Part 2, by Balanchine, was a series of plotless dances set to Webern's Symphony, Op. 21 (an ensemble dance), Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 (a pas de deux), Concerto, Op. 24 (pas de deux with female quartet), Variations for Orchestra, Op. 30 (solo for Paul Taylor), and Ricercar for Six Voices from Bach's Musical Offering (an ensemble dance). Graham's part was soon dropped as was Taylor's solo, so in its current form the ballet now consists of the remaining four Balanchine sections. This version has been revived by Berlin Opera Ballet (1969), Dutch National Ballet (1973) and Scottish Ballet (2005).

Subjects: Dance.

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