Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Choreography: 

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music:

Concert Suite

Composer:

Richard Strauss

Premiere: 

1979

Duration:

31

Minutes

No. Dancers:

24

Photo © Paul Kolnik

The romantic adventures–and comic misadventures–of Cléonte, Molière’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 rendition of this ballet which has been revived for performance during the Balanchine Celebration.

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was a German composer and conductor best known for his tone poems and for operas composed to librettos by Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

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