Ballet in four acts with choreography and libretto by Fokine, music by Offenbach, arr. Dorati, and designs by Marcel Vertes. Premiered 27 Oct. 1941 by Ballet Theatre at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City, with Dolin, Markova, Baronova, and Ian Gibson. The ballet is based on Offenbach's famous 1866 opera Barbe-bleu, about the titular Count who kills his wives for their disobediance and curiosity. The first US performance was on 12 Nov. 1941 at the 44th Street Theatre in New York. Petipa also choreographed a version (with music by P. Schenk) for St Petersburg in 1896. In 1977 Pina Bausch choreographed Bluebeard—While listening to a tape recording of Béla Bartók's opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle, a postmodern version in which Bluebeard listens to a tape of Bartók's operatic interpretation of his own story.