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131. LE BOURGEOIS GENTILHOMME



Music: By Richard Strauss (concert suite, ca. 1917). Book by Sobeka [Boris Kochno] after Molière.

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Curtain, scenery, and costumes by Alexandre Benois. Curtain executed by Georges Geerts; scenery executed by Prince A. Schervashidze; costumes executed by Karinska, Paris.

Premiere: May 3, 1932, Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo, Opéra de Monte-Carlo. Conductor: Paul Paray.

Cast: Cléonte, David Lichine; Covielle, His Valet, Jasht Dolotine; Two Gypsy Tailors; Monsieur Jourdain, le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Marian Ladré; His Retinue, 4 women, 2 men; Cléonte's Friends Disguised as Slaves, 4 men; Lucille, Tamara Toumanova; Nicole, Her Servant, Eleanora Marra; BALLET GIVEN BY M. JOURDAIN IN HONOR OF THE SON OF THE GRAND TURK: Valentina Blinova, 6 women; TURKISH DIVERTISSEMENT: I. Olga Morosova, Yurek Shabelevsky, Léonide Katchourovsky; II. Natalie Strakhova, Metek [Mezeslav] Borovsky; III. Acrobats, Roman Jasinsky, 3 women.

1.Cléonte disguises himself as the son of the Grand Turk. 2.Cléonte enters the house of Monsieur Jourdain. 3. Dance of Cléonte and his friends disguised as slaves. 4. Ballet given by Monsieur Jourdain in honor of the son of the Grand Turk. 5. Entrance of Lucille, accompanied by her servant Nicole. 6. Turkish ceremony to ennoble Monsieur Jourdain. 7. Turkish Divertissement. 8. Lucille, not recognizing Cléonte, attempts to flee. 9. Betrothal of Lucille to Cléonte, who removes his disguise.

Other Versions: 1944, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. 1979, New York City Opera. According to Balanchine, each of the three versions was completely different. (In 1980, a revision of the New York City Opera production entered the repertory of the New York City Ballet.)

Video/DVD: 2005, Zeitgeist Films, Ballets Russes (excerpt).

See also: 221   *410   414  

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