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11. MATELOTTE (also called SAILOR'S HORNPIPE)



Music: Traditional hornpipe music, arranged by Zuev.

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Premiere: 1922 [?]

Cast: Unavailable (a woman and two men).

Note: This little dance may have been given its first performance on August 15, 1922, at the resort at Sestroretsk, near Petrograd; Balanchine, Lydia Ivanova, and Alexandra Danilova are known to have participated in a concert there on that date. The dance was included on the first Evening of the Young Ballet, June 1, 1923, at the Duma, Petrograd, when the musical arrangement of Zuev was first credited. It was apparently performed many times in the Soviet Union, but no casting for Soviet performances has been found. The work was in the repertory of the Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet in 1924, both for the summer German tour and the October performances at the Empire Theatre in London, where it was danced by Balanchine, Danilova, and Nicholas Efimov.

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