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196. DIVERTIMENTO



Music: By Gioacchino Rossini (Matinées Musicales; Soirées Musicales, 1830-35; overture to La Cenerentola, produced 1817; selected and orchestrated, by Benjamin Britten at the request of Lincoln Kirstein).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by André Derain (from Les Songes [135]).

Premiere: June 27, 1941, American Ballet Caravan, Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro. Conductor: Emanuel Balaban.

Cast: MARCH: King, Todd Bolender; 6 Attendants; CANZONETTA: Flower Lady, Marjorie Moore; TYROLEAN DANCE: Marie-Jeanne; POLKA: Couple in Black and White, Gisella Caccialanza, John Kriza; BOLERO: Lady in White, Olga Suárez; TARANTELLA: Ladies in Red, 9 women; NOCTURNE: Marie-Jeanne, Fred Danieli; FINALE: Entire cast.

Note: A series of costume dances at a party. Near the end a guest costumed as a rat is chased by other guests; unmasked, he is discovered to be an acrobat. On at least one occasion, Balanchine appeared as the rat. Made for the South American tour and not performed elsewhere.

See also: 193  

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