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386. VARIATIONS POUR UNE PORTE ET UN SOUPIR



Music: Sonority by Pierre Henry (14 of 25 numbers from Variations pour une Porte et un Soupir, first performed 1963).

Choreography: By George Balanchine.

Production: Scenery and costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian. Lighting by Ronald Bates.

Premiere: February 17, 1974, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater.

Cast: Karin von Aroldingen, John Clifford.

Note: The ballet is a set of fourteen variations in pas de deux form, for a female 'Door' and a male 'Sigh.' The dancers' movements are in precise accord with the separate sounds and vibrations that form the score. An integral part of the choreography is an enormous black cape attached to the 'Door,' which in the end envelops the 'Sigh.'

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