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343. BUGAKU



Music: By Toshiro Mayuzumi (1962, commissioned by the New York City Ballet).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and lighting by David Hays. Costumes by Karinska. Scenery executed by Nolan Brothers.

Premiere: March 20, 1963, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Robert Irving.

Cast: Allegra Kent, Edward Villella, 4 couples.

Note: Following the appearance of the Imperial Gagaku company of musicians and dancers from Japan on programs of the New York City Ballet in 1959, Mayuzumi was invited to compose a piece in the spirit of Japanese court music (Bugaku), but with Western instrumentation. The ballet, in three movements, suggests ceremonial rites of courtship and marriage.

Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (principal roles), 2002.

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