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12. ORIENTALIA



Music: By Cesar Cui (Op. 50, no. 9, 1912).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Premiere: Season of 1922-23.

Cast: Young Oriental Dancer, Nina Mlodzinskaya; Blind Old Beggar, George Balanchine.

Note: Yuri Slonimsky notes that this dance was choreographed when Balanchine had already received recognition in Petrograd, describing it as follows: 'A female oriental dancer came out on the stage accompanied by an old man with a tambourine, [who] sat on the floor with his legs crossed in oriental fashion and "spoke" to the dancer with sounds from the tambourine as if prompting her movements' (Slonimsky, p. 53). Mikhailov dates it 1922-23. There is a record of a performance at the Hôtel d'Europe, Petrograd, on June 2, 1923, with Tamara Geva and Rostislav Slavianinov. The work was probably danced by the Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet on the 1924 tour of Germany, although newspaper announcements are unclear.

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