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318. STARS AND STRIPES


Ballet in Five Campaigns


Music: By John Philip Sousa (as given below), adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay.

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery by David Hays. Costumes by Karinska. Lighting by Nananne Porcher (1958); David Hays (1964).

Premiere: January 17, 1958, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.

Cast: FIRST CAMPAIGN, 1st Regiment ('Corcoran Cadets'): Allegra Kent, 12 women; SECOND CAMPAIGN, 2nd Regiment ('Thunder and Gladiator'): Robert Barnett, 12 men; THIRD CAMPAIGN, 3rd Regiment ('Rifle Regiment'): Diana Adams, 12 women; FOURTH CAMPAIGN ('Liberty Bell' and 'El Capitan'): Melissa Hayden, Jacques d'Amboise; FIFTH CAMPAIGN, All Regiments ('Stars and Stripes').

Note: A balletic parade based on the themes of Sousa's patriotic marching band music. The campaigns or movements feature each regiment in turn; following a grand pas de deux all combine in the finale as a giant American flag appears. Dedicated to the memory of Fiorello H. La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and founder of the City Center of Music and Drama.

Revisions: New York City Ballet: Order of Second and Third Campaigns reversed shortly after premiere.

Film: 1973, RM Productions; 1989, Seahorse Films, Dancing for Mr. B (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, female variation [partial]).

Video/DVD: 1995, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Dancing for Mr. B (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, female variation [partial]; 1996, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Celebration, Part Two (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, FIFTH CAMPAIGN [1993]); 2004, Kultur, Balanchine (coda from FOURTH CAMPAIGN; FIFTH CAMPAIGN [finale, partial]); 2006, VAI, Jacques d'Amboise: Portrait of a Great American Dancer (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, FIFTH CAMPAIGN [1959; excerpts]).

Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, FIFTH CAMPAIGN [principal roles]), 2002.

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1969   Boston Ballet

1979   San Francisco Ballet

1983   Ballet of Flanders/Koninklijk Ballet Van Vlaanderen/Royal Flemish Ballet

1983   Ballet West

1983   Pacific Northwest Ballet

1983   Pennsylvania Ballet

1984   Dance Alive! State Touring Company of Florida

1985   Dance Theatre of Harlem (performed at 1984 Olympics)

1985   Milwaukee Ballet

1986   Boston Ballet

1986   Sacramento Ballet

1986   San Francisco Ballet

1986   Texas Ballet (formerly Fort Worth Dallas Ballet)

1988   Pacific Northwest Ballet

1988   Pennsylvania Ballet

1989   Atlanta Ballet

1991   Milwaukee Ballet

1991   Pacific Northwest Ballet

1992   Asami Maki Ballet (Japan)

1992   Atlanta Ballet

1992   Ballet Chicago

1993   Miami City Ballet

1993   Pennsylvania Ballet

1994   Aspen Ballet

1994   Pacific Northwest Ballet

1995   Miami City Ballet

1995   San Francisco Ballet

1995   The Little Orchestra Society

1996   Ballet Vera Bublitz (Brazil)

1996   Nashville City Ballet

1997   Chautauqua Institution (New York)

1997   Miami City Ballet

1997   Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

1998   Colorado Ballet

1998   Hartford Ballet

2000   Pacific Northwest Ballet

2001   Colorado Ballet

2001   North Carolina Dance Theatre

2002   Alabama Ballet/Ballet South

2003   Boston Ballet

2004   Ballet Chicago

2004   Dance Theatre of Harlem

2004   North Carolina Dance Theatre

2005   City Ballet of San Diego

2005   Sacramento Ballet

2006   Ballet Met

2006   Cincinnati Ballet

2007   Alabama Ballet / Ballet South

2007   Delta Festival Ballet

2007   Diablo Ballet

2007   Ballet West

2008   Suzanne Farrell Ballet (pas de deux)

2009   Carolina Ballet

2012   Ballet de Capitale Toulouse

2014   Los Angeles Ballet

2015   Sacramento Ballet

2016   NBA Ballet

2016   Sarasota Ballet

2016   Suzanne Farrell Ballet

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