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Mikhail Baryshnikov in THE PRODIGAL SON1979 newsphotos NYCB


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#16 rg

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 05:01 AM

David Lichine created a version of THE PRODIGAL SON for the Original Ballet Russe, as follows:

Prodigal son : Chor: David Lichine; mus: Serge Prokof'yev; lib: Boris Kochno; scen & cos: Georges Rouault. First perf: Australia: Sydney, Theatre Royal, Dec 30, 1938, Original Ballet Russe.//First New York perf: Nov 26, 1940, Original Ballet Russe.

among the more memorable photo references from the production are those of Sono Osato as the Siren.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 09:27 AM

if clarification is needed regarding the two newsphotos at the top of this thread, here goes:
yes, Baryshnikov gave much reported on performances of THE PRODIGAL SON in '77 at the Chicago/International Dance Festival, certainly the first that US writers saw him give; incidentally, the next year, at the same festival, he danced APOLLO, in Balanchine's personally trimmed staging.
the two PRODIGAL photos scanned here, however, are not from that festival, as the their dating notes, they are from '79 when Baryshnikov was a member of NYCB and dancing this role on tour, in this case to Chicago, w/ Balanchine's company. CHOREOGRAPHY BY BALANCHINE notes the dates Apr. 18 - 29 for 1979 NYCB appearances in Chicago.

Thanks for the clarification, rg.


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