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106. JOSEF-LEGENDE (LA LÉGENDE DE JOSEPH)


Choreographic Narrative in Eight Scenes


Music: By Richard Strauss (Op. 63, 1913-14, commissioned by Serge Diaghilev).

Choreography: Originally choreographed by Michel Fokine (1914); rechoreographed by George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by Kjeld Abell. Scenery executed by Axel Bruun.

Premiere: January 18, 1931, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Theater, Copenhagen. Conductor: Victor Schiøler.

Cast: Josef, Børge Ralov; Father, Karl Merrild; Mother, Edel Pedersen; Josef's Brothers, 10 men; 2 Young Women; 3 Merchants; 4 Slave Girls; Leader of Pharaoh's Bodyguard, Richard Jensen; His Wife, Ulla Poulsen; Bodyguards; Slaves; Guests; Onlookers.
SCENE I: Joseph's Home. SCENE 2: The Well. SCENE 3: The Father. SCENE 4: The Masked Ball. SCENE 5: Interlude. SCENE 6: Temptation. SCENE 7: Interlude. SCENE 8: Pharaoh.

Note: Balanchine abandoned the original libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (used by Fokine) and based his work on the story of Joseph as recounted in the Old Testament. Presented with Balanchine's restaging of Apollon Musagète [84, with Leif Ørnberg] and Barabau [53, with Harald Lander] in the second of two Royal Danish Ballet series called Ballet Evening by George Balanchine.

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