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286. CARACOLE



Music: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 287, second minuet [fifth movement] and andante from sixth movement omitted).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Costumes by Christian Bérard (based on his designs for Mozartiana [134]). Lighting by Jean Rosenthal.

Premiere: February 19, 1952, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.

Cast: Diana Adams, Melissa Hayden, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Maria Tallchief, Patricia Wilde, André Eglevsky, Nicholas Magallanes, Jerome Robbins, 8 women.
ALLEGRO; THEME AND VARIATIONS; MINUET; ANDANTE; FINALE.

Note: The French title denotes a form of turning or circling, and is used as a term in horsemanship. Its use here was possibly inspired by the ballerinas' plumed headdresses; the 'horses' in the Preghiera section of the original Mozartiana also wore plumes. The ballet is an intricate work set to music for which Balanchine expressed special admiration. The ballet was remounted (with identical or near identical choreography) as Divertimento No. 15 in 1956.

See also: 314  

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