Included in the Stravinsky Festival. Balanchine created a libretto of his own, working with Robbins. Beginning with Pulcinella’s funeral procession, the ballet depicts his resurrection through a pact with the devil, his continued career of mockery, petty crime, and debauchery, his defeat of the devil at a spaghetti feast, and a celebration of his victory by dancing. Pulcinella was first choreographed by Léonide Massine in 1920 for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. (See FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE.)
New York City Ballet: Numerous early revisions. Very soon after premiere, Berman decor substantially reduced.