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329. PANAMERICA: NUMBERS II, IV, VIII



Music: By Latin American composers (as given below), edited by Carlos Chávez.

Choreography: By George Balanchine (three of eight dances), Gloria Contreras, Francisco Moncion, John Taras, and Jacques d'Amboise.

Production: Scenery and lighting by David Hays. Costumes for Numbers II and VIII by Esteban Francés, executed by Brooks Costume Company; costumes for Number IV by Karinska.

Premiere: January 20, 1960, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Robert Irving. Guest Conductor for SINFONÍA NO. 5: Carlos Chávez.

Cast: II. PRELUDIOS PARA PERCUSIÓN (COLOMBIA), composed by Luis Escobar: Patricia Wilde, Erik Bruhn; IV. SINFONÍA NO. 5, FOR STRING ORCHESTRA (MEXICO), composed by Carlos Chávez: Diana Adams, Nicholas Magallanes, 6 couples; VIII. DANZAS SINFÓNICAS (CUBA), composed by Julián Orbón: Maria Tallchief, Conrad Ludlow, Arthur Mitchell, Edward Villella, 20 women, 10 men.

Note: A Ballet Society production. This salute to Latin America took the form of an evening-long collection of eight short ballets. During the following season (spring 1960), Number II, retitled Colombia, and Number VIII, retitled Cuba, were performed as independent works.

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