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384. CORTÈGE HONGROIS



Music: By Alexander Glazounov (from Raymonda, Op. 57, produced 1898).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Lighting by Ronald Bates.

Premiere: May 17, 1973, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving. (Preview: Annual New York City Ballet Gala Benefit, May 16.)

Cast: Melissa Hayden, Jacques d'Amboise [classical]; Karin von Aroldingen, Jean-Pierre Bonnefous [character]; 16 couples. CZARDAS: von Aroldingen, Bonnefous; PAS DE QUATRE: 4 women; VARIATION I: Colleen Neary; VARIATION II: 4 men; VARIATION III: Merrill Ashley; PAS DE DEUX: Hayden, d'Amboise.

Note: Created to honor Melissa Hayden on the occasion of her retirement. A suite of dances alternating classical and character styles, conceived in the tradition of the late works of Petipa. The ballerina's variation, deriving from Raymonda [233] is the same as that in Pas de Dix [309]. In the apotheosis the entire cast pays homage to the ballerina.

Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Archive of Lost Choreography (VARIATIONS I, III), 2000.

Revisions: New York City Ballet: some years later, apotheosis eliminated.

See also: 18   *233   309   339  

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