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16. LA MORT DU CYGNE



Music: By Camille Saint-Saëns (Le Cygne [cello solo] from Le Carnaval des Animaux: Fantaisie Zoologique for small orchestra, 1886).

Choreography: By Michel Fokine (1907); staged by George Balanchine.

Premiere: June 1, 1923, Young Ballet, Alexandrovsky Hall, Duma, Petrograd.

Cast: Nina Stukolkina.

Note: First performed on the opening program of the Young Ballet, which also included the premiere of Adagio [17] and performances of Romance [1, earlier titled La Nuit], Waltz and Adagio [7], Matelotte [11]; and may have included the premieres of Spanish Dance [18], Marche Funèbre [19], Waltz [20], and Extase [21]. Works by Marius Petipa and N. Lisovskaya were also performed. The concert seems not to have been reviewed in the Soviet press or theater journals, but was announced for this date by a poster which lists the following participants: Alexandra Danilova, E. V. Eliseyeva, Lydia Ivanova, Vera Kostrovitskaya, N. Lisovskaya, Nina Mlodzinskaya, Olga Mungalova, N. A. Nikitina, Nina Stukolkina, L. M. Tiuntina, Georgi Balanchivadze, L. Balashov, Pëtr Gusev, Nicholas Efimov, D. K. Kirsanov, Leonid Lavrovsky, and Mikhail Mikhailov.
Stukolkina remembers that 'the movements were different from Fokine, more angular, and the costume was different' (Slonimsky, p. 80).

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