Prodigal Son

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(orig. Fr. title Le Fils prodigue)

Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, libretto by Kochno, music by Prokofiev, designs by Rouault. Premiered 21 May 1929 by the Ballets Russes de Diaghilev at the Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt in Paris, with Lifar, Doubrovska, Fedorov, Woizikowsky and Dolin. A dance re-telling of the biblical parable, it was the last ballet Balanchine made for the Diaghilev company. It was subsequently revived for several companies including New York City Ballet (1950, with Jerome Robbins and Maria Tallchief), the Royal Danish Ballet (1968, with Flemming Flindt and Anna Laerkesen), the Royal Ballet (1973, with Rudolf Nureyev and Deanne Bergsma), Paris Opera (1973), American Ballet Theatre (1980, with Baryshnikov), and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (1989). Other choreographers, including Jooss (Essen, 1931), Milloss (Düsseldorf, 1934), and Lichine (Original Ballet Russe, Sydney, 1938), have created different versions using the Prokofiev score. Barry Moreland staged a ragtime version of The Prodigal Son, set to music by Scott Joplin, for London Festival Ballet in 1974, and Ivo Cramér staged a folklore version of The Prodigal Son (mus. H. Alfvén) for the Royal Swedish Ballet in 1957.

Subjects: Dance.

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