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Ballet in one act with choreography by Ashton, music by Britten, and design by Beaton. Premiered 2 Mar. 1950 by New York City Ballet at City Center, New York, with Magallanes, Hayden, and LeClercq. It is set to Britten's Les Illuminations, itself a setting of poems by Rimbaud, and is constructed as a series of quasi-surreal dance-vignettes portraying aspects of the poet's life, loves, and imagination. It was commissioned by Balanchine and was Ashton's first ballet for a US company. It was revived for Joffrey Ballet (1980) and for Royal Ballet (1981). Other choreographers who have used the same music include T. Gsovsky (Berlin Opera Ballet, 1961), Norman Walker (Berlin Opera Ballet, 1969), and Alston (in Rumours, Visions, Richard Alston Dance Co., 1996).

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