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Preface by Lincoln Kirstein

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Music: By Georges Auric (1926, commissioned by Serge Diaghilev). Book by Boris Kochno.

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Curtain, scenery, and costumes by Pedro Pruna. Curtain and scenery executed by Prince A. Schervashidze; costumes executed by La Maison Jules Muelle. Bicycle by Olympique.

Premiere: May 29, 1926, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris. Conductor: Roger Desormière.

Cast: The Star, Felia Doubrovska; A Young Lady, Tamara Geva; 4 Young Ladies; Telegraph Boy, Serge Lifar; Régisseur, Thadée Slavinsky; 2 Actors; 2 Operators.

Note: While a telegraph delivery boy takes an impromptu swim, a young girl as a prank steals the messages from his bicycle. The boy takes a nap on the stream bank; a movie company appears and sets up a scene; the boy awakens to find himself in a duet with the movie star. Villagers seeking their telegrams disrupt the scene and the boy runs away; returning at nightfall for his bicycle he finds the young girl, and they ride off together.

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