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Ballet in one act with choreography and libretto by Helpmann, music by Tchaikovsky, and design by Leslie Hurry. Premiered 19 May 1942 by Sadler's Wells Ballet at New Theatre, London, with Helpmann, Fonteyn, Franca, and Paltenghi. It is set to Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture and though based on Shakespeare's tragedy it does not re-tell the plot, but portrays the dying Hamlet reliving crucial moments of his life. It was revived for the Royal Ballet in 1964 and 1981 and for Australian Ballet in 1970. Other choreographic treatments of the play include Francesco Clerico (own mus., Venice, 1788), Louis Henry (mus. Gallenberg, Vienna, 1822), Nijinska (mus. Liszt, Paris, 1934), V. Gsovsky (mus. Blacher, Munich, 1950), Chabukiani (mus. Ravaz Gabichvadze, Tbilisi, 1971), Neumeier (Hamlet: Connotations, mus. Copland, New York, 1976), MacMillan (Sea of Troubles, mus. Martinů and Webern, Dance Advance, London, 1988), Kim Brandstrup (Antic, mus. Ian Dearden, 1993), P. Schaufuss (mus. Sort Sol/Black Sun and Rued Langgaard, Elsinore, 1996), and Wheeldon (Elsinore, mus. Pärt, Moscow, 2007).

Subjects: Dance.


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