Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Richard Strauss

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Credits

Music
Concert Suite (ca. 1917)
Premiere
April 8, 1979, New York City Opera, New York State Theater
NYC Ballet Premiere
May 22, 1980, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Rudolf Nureyev, Darla Hoover, Michael Puleo, and students of the School of American Ballet

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Frank Ohman, Suzanne Farrell, Peter Martins, Heather Watts, and Victor Castelli

The romantic adventures — and comic misadventures — of Cléonte, Moliére's 17th century dancing master, provide the impetus for this elaborately costumed ballet set in a fashionable Parisian mansion. The current production is Balanchine's third version of this ballet which was revived for performance during the Balanchine Celebration. Previous versions were staged by the Ballets Russe de Monte Carlo in 1932 and 1944.