Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky (Suite No. 3 in G major, Op. 55, 1884)
Scenery and costumes by Nicolas Benois; costumes for TEMA CON VARIAZIONI later redesigned by Ben Benson. Lighting by Ronald Bates
December 3, 1970, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving
ÉLÉGIE: Karin von Aroldingen, Anthony Blum, 6 women; VALSE MÉLANCOLIQUE: Kay Mazzo, Conrad Ludlow, 6 women; SCHERZO: Marnee Morris, John Clifford, 8 women; TEMA CON VARIAZIONI: Gelsey Kirkland, Edward Villella, 4 demi-solo couples, 8 women, 8 men
*242. Theme and Variations, 330. Theme and Variations
The first three movements take place in a darkened ballroom with the women’s dresses long and flowing, their hair unbound; in the first movement they are barefoot. In the final movement, TEMA CON VARIAZIONI, the stage brightens, the women appear in tutus and the men are dressed as cavaliers. In 1947, as Theme and Variations, this section was premiered as an independent work.