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314. DIVERTIMENTO NO. 15



Music: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 287; second minuet [fifth movement] and andante from sixth movement omitted; new cadenza for violin and viola by John Colman added late 1960s).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery by James Stewart Morcom (from Symphonie Concertante [241]). Costumes by Karinska. Lighting by Jean Rosenthal.

Premiere: May 31, 1956, Mozart Festival, American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut. Danced by members of the New York City Ballet. Musical Director: Erich Leinsdorf. Conductor: Hugo Fiorato. (First New York City Ballet performance December 19, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.)

Cast: ALLEGRO: Diana Adams, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Patricia Wilde, Herbert Bliss, Nicholas Magallanes, Roy Tobias, 8 women; THEME AND VARIATIONS: Bliss, Tobias; FIRST VARIATION: Kent; SECOND VARIATION: Hayden; THIRD VARIATION: Adams; FOURTH VARIATION: Le Clercq; FIFTH VARIATION: Magallanes; SIXTH VARIATION: Wilde; MINUET: 8 women; ANDANTE: 8 principals; FINALE: Entire cast.

Note: The ballet has basically the same choreography as Caracole and was initially presented with that title. It was retitled Divertimento No. 15 at the first New York performance.

Revisions: Late 1960s, New York City Ballet: Choreography to new cadenza by John Colman added at end of ANDANTE section; VARIATIONS and ANDANTE reworked with minor changes for different casts.

New Productions by Balanchine Companies: New York City Ballet: 1966, new scenery and lighting by David Hays (scenery executed by Nolan Brothers), new costumes by Karinska; from mid-1970s, performed without scenery.

Video/DVD: 1995, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Choreography by Balanchine (ANDANTE [1977]).

See also: 286  

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