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Music: By Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty, produced 1890, most from Act III).

Choreography: Originally choreographed by Marius Petipa; staged and adapted by George Balanchine. Choreography of the THREE IVANS by Bronislava Nijinska.

Production: Scenery by Michel Baronoff and costumes by Barbara Karinska after designs by Léon Bakst (1921).

Premiere: April 2, 1949, Ballet Theatre, Opera House, Chicago. Conductor: Max Goberman.

Cast: Princess Aurora, Nana Gollner; Prince Charming, John Kriza; The Queen, Charlyne Baker; The King, Peter Rudley; Master of Ceremonies, Edward Caton; Six Fairies, Lillian Lanese, Janet Reed, Dorothy Scott, Ruth Ann Koesun, Diana Adams, Mary Burr (the first five danced VARIATIONS I-V); 6 Attendants; PAS DE TROIS: Norma Vance, Jocelyn Vollmar, Wallace Seibert; BLUEBIRD AND THE PRINCESS: Maria Tallchief, Igor Youskevitch; THREE IVANS: Eric Braun, Fernand Nault, Nicolas Orloff; 4 Pages; Ensemble, 4 women, 4 men.

Note: The printed program indicates that this selection of excerpts from The Sleeping Beauty included the FAIRY VARIATIONS from the PROLOGUE and divertissements from Act III. Balanchine staged Petipa's choreography of the BLUEBIRD pas de deux, but altered much of the rest. A duet (presumably for two fairies, which would have given each of the six Fairies a variation) is mentioned in a review by Lillian Moore (Dancing Times, June 1949, p. 497); printed programs list only five solo variations.

Revisions: 1950, Ballet Theatre: One, later two, FAIRY VARIATIONS omitted.

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