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Ballet in Five Campaigns

Music: By John Philip Sousa (as given below), adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay.

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery by David Hays. Costumes by Karinska. Lighting by Nananne Porcher (1958); David Hays (1964).

Premiere: January 17, 1958, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.

Cast: FIRST CAMPAIGN, 1st Regiment ('Corcoran Cadets'): Allegra Kent, 12 women; SECOND CAMPAIGN, 2nd Regiment ('Thunder and Gladiator'): Robert Barnett, 12 men; THIRD CAMPAIGN, 3rd Regiment ('Rifle Regiment'): Diana Adams, 12 women; FOURTH CAMPAIGN ('Liberty Bell' and 'El Capitan'): Melissa Hayden, Jacques d'Amboise; FIFTH CAMPAIGN, All Regiments ('Stars and Stripes').

Note: A balletic parade based on the themes of Sousa's patriotic marching band music. The campaigns or movements feature each regiment in turn; following a grand pas de deux all combine in the finale as a giant American flag appears. Dedicated to the memory of Fiorello H. La Guardia, Mayor of New York City and founder of the City Center of Music and Drama.

Revisions: New York City Ballet: Order of Second and Third Campaigns reversed shortly after premiere.

Film: 1973, RM Productions; 1989, Seahorse Films, Dancing for Mr. B (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, female variation [partial]).

Video/DVD: 1995, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Dancing for Mr. B (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, female variation [partial]; 1996, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Celebration, Part Two (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, FIFTH CAMPAIGN [1993]); 2004, Kultur, Balanchine (coda from FOURTH CAMPAIGN; FIFTH CAMPAIGN [finale, partial]); 2006, VAI, Jacques d'Amboise: Portrait of a Great American Dancer (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, FIFTH CAMPAIGN [1959; excerpts]).

Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (FOURTH CAMPAIGN, FIFTH CAMPAIGN [principal roles]), 2002.

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