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418. TEMPO Dl VALSE: GARLAND DANCE from THE SLEEPING BEAUTY



Music: By Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (as given below).

Choreography: By George Balanchine (two of five parts), Jacques d'Amboise, and John Taras.

Production: Costumes for GARLAND DANCE by Karinska (from DIAMONDS in Jewels [358] and Chaconne [400]) and Rouben Ter-Arutunian (from Coppélia [387]).

Premiere: June 9, 1981, New York City Ballet with students from the School of American Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving.

Cast: GARLAND DANCE from The Sleeping Beauty, Act I (produced 1890): 25 women, 16 men, 16 young girls.

Note: Included in the Tchaikovsky Festival. Sixteen couples dance, each couple holding aloft a garland of flowers in the form of an arch; a chain of little girls enters, weaving under the garlands, and is joined by nine older girls. In addition to the GARLAND DANCE, the short works presented under the general title Tempo di Valse during the Tchaikovsky Festival (and later in the season) were the WALTZ OF THE FLOWERS from The Nutcracker [302] by Balanchine, VALSE-SCHERZO by d'Amboise, and VARIATION VI FROM TRIO IN A MINOR and WALTZ FROM EUGENE ONEGIN, ACT II by Taras. (See FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE.)

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