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409. TRICOLORE



Music: By Georges Auric (1978, commissioned by the New York City Ballet).

Choreography: Ballet conceived and supervised by George Balanchine. Choreography by Peter Martins, Jean-Pierre Bonnefous, and Jerome Robbins.

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

Premiere: May 18, 1978, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving. (Preview: Annual New York City Ballet Gala Benefit, May 17.)

Cast: PAS DE BASQUE (choreographed by Martins): Colleen Neary, Adam Lüders, 4 couples, 8 women, 8 men; PAS DEGAS (choreographed by Bonnefous): Merrill Ashley, Sean Lavery, 2 female demi-soloists, 10 women, 6 men; MARCHE DE LA GARDE RÉPUBLICAINE (choreographed by Robbins): La Garde Républicaine, 2 couples, 18 women, I8 men; Majorettes, Karin von Aroldingen, 8 women; APOTHEOSIS: Mademoiselle Marianne, Nina Fedorova; entire cast.

Note: A salute to France in music and dance: With Stars and Stripes [318] and Union Jack [401], the work completes a trio of ballets projected as an 'Entente Cordiale.' Balanchine chose Auric to compose the score for the occasion; they had first collaborated under Diaghilev in 1926 on La Pastorale [62], and again in 1932 on La Concurrence [130].

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