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36. PIZZICATO POLKA



Music: By Léo Delibes (from Sylvia, ou la Nymphe de Diane, produced 1876).

Choreography: By George Balanchine after Serafima Astafieva.

Premiere: February 1925 (before February 21), the Royal Palace, Monte Carlo.

Cast: Alicia Markova.

Note: First performed at a party given by the Princesse Héréditaire. Earliest program found (February 21, 1925, matinee) lists the work, then entitled Variation, as part of the 'Suite de Danses' under the general title Le Festin, in the series of concert performances by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes given in the Nouvelle Salle de Musique (Salle Ganne) of the Monte Carlo Casino. Other works performed at the concert included Balanchine's staging of the Grand Pas Hongrois from Petipa's Raymonda and his own appearance with Tamara Geva in Enigma [25].

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