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301. OPUS 34

Music: By Arnold Schoenberg (Accompaniment-Music for a Motion Picture, Op. 34, 1930).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Costumes by Esteban Francés. Scenery and lighting by Jean Rosenthal.

Premiere: January 19, 1954, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.

Cast: THE FIRST TIME: Diana Adams, Patricia Wilde, Nicholas Magallanes, Francisco Moncion, 9 women; THE SECOND TIME: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Herbert Bliss, 6 women, 10 men.

Note: The sections of the twelve-tone score are titled 'Threat,' 'Danger,' 'Fear,' 'Catastrophe.' The music was performed twice without pause.
THE FIRST TIME used non-balletic vocabulary possibly inspired by Laban. In THE SECOND TIME, a grisly surgery in pantomime, dancers were costumed in bandages and as cadavers. At the end, klieg lights were directed at the spectators, momentarily blinding them.

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