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322. THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS


Sloth, Pride, Anger, Gluttony, Lust, Avarice, Envy


Music: By Kurt Weill (Die sieben Todsünden, produced 1933, commissioned by Boris Kochno and Edward James). Text by Bertolt Brecht, from a suggestion by Boris Kochno and Edward James, translated by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman (translation commissioned by Lincoln Kirstein).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery, costumes, and lighting by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Scenery executed by T. B. McDonald Construction Company.

Premiere: December 4, 1958, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Robert Irving.

Cast: Anna I (singer), Lotte Lenya; Anna II (dancer), Allegra Kent; Characters (dancers), 16 women, 15 men. Family (singers): Mother, Stanley Carlson; Father, Gene Hollman; Brother I, Frank Poretta; Brother II, Grant Williams. Singers and dancers appeared together on stage.

Note: First presented by Les Ballets 1933, Paris [136]. This revival for the New York City Ballet was sponsored by Ballet Society to celebrate the twenty-fifth year of association between Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine; Lotte Lenya played the role created for her in 1933. The staging, noted for its masque-like characteristics, consisted primarily of stylized movement.

Other Versions: 1933, Les Ballets 1933 (Les Sept Péchés Capitaux).

See also: *136  

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