Bournonville Divertissements

Choreography by: August Bournonville Staged by Stanley Williams

Music by: S. Holger Paulli, Hans Christian Lumbye, and Edvard Helsted

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Credits

Music
Excerpts from Napoli (1842) by S. Holger Paulli, La Ventana (1854) by Hans Christian Lumbye, Kermessen in Bruges, Act I (1851) by S. Holger Paulli, Flower Festival in Genzano by Edvard Helsted and A Folk Tale by S. Holger Paulli
Premiere
February 3, 1977, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
NYC Ballet Original Cast
Nichol Hlinka, Daniel Duell, Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, Merrill Ashley, Robert Weiss, Kyra Nichols, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Colleen Neary, Adam Luders, Victor Castelli, Muriel Aasen, Wilhelmina Frankfort, Heather Watts, Bart Cook
Length
41 min.
Costumes by
Ben Benson (after original designs)
Set by
Alain Vaes (from 1987)
Lighting by
Ronald Bates (from 1987, Mark Stanley)

A collection of highlights from the fleet-footed Bournonville repertoire, Bournonville Divertissements provides a parade of principal roles, including the famous Flower Festival pas de deux. 

Noted 19th-century choreographer and dancer Auguste Bournonville (1805-79), created many of the lasting works in the repertory of the Royal Danish Ballet. His distinctive style is noted for its precision, neatness, lightness, and gaiety. It is filled with bouncy jumps, speedy footwork, small quick steps, and beats done while the upper body is held still. George Balanchine had been a great admirer of Bournonville's work ever since he was a guest choreographer at the Royal Danish Theater in 1929. The late Stanley Williams of the School of American Ballet was a respected authority on Bournonville, and he assembled some of the choreographer's finest dances in this divertissement, including excerpts from Napoli (1842), Kermess in Bruges (1851), La Ventana (1854), Flower Festival in Genzano (1858), and A Folk Tale (1854).