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Ballet in two acts with choreography and libretto by Flindt, music by P. M. Davies, and design by Daydé. Premiered 10 Nov. 1978 at Circus Theatre, Copenhagen, with a specially assembled company including F. and V. Flindt, Eliasen, and L. Rhodes. It is based on the biblical story in which King Herod's daughter asks for the head of John the Baptist as reward for her dancing, but concludes with an apotheosis in which the heroine and John meet as lovers in an afterlife. Other versions of the story include Fuller (mus. F. Schmitt, Paris, 1907), Gorsky (mus. R. Strauss, Moscow, 1921), Lifar (mus. R. Strauss, Monte Carlo, 1946), Cullberg (mus. H. Rosenberg, Stockholm, 1964), Darrell (mus. Hindemith, Scottish Theatre Ballet, 1970), L. Kemp (mus. various, New York, 1975), M. Morris (mus. R. Strauss, Seattle, 1986, performed by the singer Josephine Barstow), and G. Murphy (mus. various, Sydney Dance Company, 1999). Many artists have choreographed Salomé's ‘Dance of the Seven Veils’ for productions of the Strauss opera, including Doug Varone, Metropolitan Opera (2004).

Subjects: Dance.

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