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287. BAYOU

Music: By Virgil Thomson (Acadian Songs and Dances, 1947).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by Dorothea Tanning. Costumes executed by Karinska. Lighting by Jean Rosenthal.

Premiere: February 21, 1952, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.

Cast: Boy of the Bayou, Francisco Moncion; Girl of the Bayou, Doris Breckenridge; Leaves and Flowers, Melissa Hayden, Hugh Laing, 2 couples; Starched White People, Diana Adams, Herbert Bliss, 2 couples.

Note: At the opening and close, the Boy poles a small boat through the mysterious bayou; the dancers are Acadians from country and town whom the Boy encounters. The music was composed for Robert Flaherty's documentary film Louisiana Story.

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