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Compositions by Strauss, Béla Bartók and Igor Stravinsky lifted 18th century burlesque from musical farce to a dignified vocal and instrumental form. Peter Martins’ ballroom choreography for two lead and five corps couples illustrates both harmony and contrast to the tempo of Richard Strauss’ Burleske.
The work’s pas de deux feature flexed-knee pirouettes for the ballerina and intricate, fast-paced partnering. The ballet, which premiered on Valentine’s Day 2001, concludes with a romantic surprise.
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