Program for matinee performances by The (American) Ballet Theatre as presented by S. Hurok. The dance pieces performed were: Petrouchka, a burlesque by Igor Stravinsky and Alexandre Benois; Tally-Ho or The Frail Quarry, music by Gluck, arranged by Paul Nordoff; and Graduation Ball, music by Johann Strauss, arranged by Antal Dorati. The conductor throughout the performances was Daneil Saidenberg.
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ELLISON-WHITE BUREAU and S. HUROK Present BALLET THEATRE To Whom Ii May Concern: S. Hurok declares that he is not responsible for any ballet company except the one bearing the imprint: "S. Hurok Presents." PORTLAND PUBLIC AUDITORIUM Sunday, January 21, 1945 — 2:30 P.M. PROGRAM I. PETROUCHKA A Burlesque in One Act by Igor STRAVINSKY and Alexandre BENOIS Choreography by Michel FOKINE. Decor after Alexandre BENOIS Courtesy of Avery Memorial Museum, Hartford, Conn. The scene is the Admiralty Square, St. Petersburg, about 1830. It is carnival time. The crowds are merry, when there appears among them an old Charlatan, Oriental in appearance, who exhibits to the throng his three dancing puppets, Petrouchka, the Dancer, and the Moor. The Charlatan, with his magic, has endowed these dolls with human attributes and sentiments. Petrouchka has the most humanity of the three and therefore suffers most from the cruelty of the Charlatan who holds him prisoner, aloof from life. He feels deeply his enchainment, his ugliness, his grotesqueness. Petrouchka seeks consolation in a romantic love for the Dancer, and believes his suit successful, not realizing that his paroxysms of love only cause her to fear him. The Dancer prefers the strong, exotic Moor, a healthy barbarian who first attacks and then worships his cell-plaything, a cocoanut shell. The Dancer succeeds in fascinating him, dull, stupid materialist that he is; while Petrouchka, alone in his cell, shakes an impotent fist at a picture of the Charlatan, framed on the wall of his cell, and takes himself to the Moor's quarters, arriving at the moment when the two are about to declare their love for each other. The ensuing scene is one of jealousy, and, furious at the interruption, the Moor kicks him out. The fourth scene is back in the Square. It is night and the snow has begun to fall. The fun of the Fair is at its height; gaiety reigns. A merchant, gay with vodka, and accompanied by two gypsy girls, dispenses largesse to the crowd; coachmen and nursemaids and grooms dance to the rhythmic Russian melodies; a trained bear performs for the crowd, and the scene is capped by a mad dance of the masked revelers. Suddenly a scuffle starts within the Puppets' booth, causing the curtains to be violently shaken, and the rivalry of Petrouchka and the Moor for the Dancer takes a tragic turn. The Moor is chasing Petrouchka in dead earnest, and strikes him down with his scimitar. The crowd, amazed, gathers round. A policeman goes for the Charlatan, while the crowd watches Petrouchka's death agony as lie dies in the snow ; and in the music, if we listen, we can hear his little soul clambering dear of its shell. The Charlatan reassures the crowd. He holds up a straw-stuffed figure of Petrouchka. "It's only a puppet, a doll," he says. Laughing, the crowd disperses. Sawdust Perrouchka has gone to rest. The Charlatan tramps away to his bed, trailing a sawdust Petrouchka after him. Then the Petrouchka theme sounds in the orchestra. The Charlatan throws a glance over his shoulder and, to his consternation, sees Petrouchka on the roof of his own booth. "All your cruelty cannot kill me, the essential me," the puppet seems to say. "I live to despise you." Frighrcncd. the Charlatan runs away. . . . Then four pulse-beats in the orchestra, and the ghost of Petrouchka, as well as Petrouchka himself, is still—partially revenged, dead. The Dancer Lucia CHASE Petrouchka Nicolas ORLOFF Blackamoor Richard REED The Charlatan John TARAS The Chief Nursemaid Margaret BANKS The Chief Coachman Rex COOPER The Nursemaids Misses FALLIS. OSWALD, WHITNEY, RISELEY, FERGUSON, MORRIS Coachmen Messrs. DAVIS, KOON, HERBERTT and NAULT Grooms Michael KIDD and Fernando ALONSO The Gay Merchant Regis POWERS Gypsies Muriel BENTLEY and Shirley ECKL Street Dancers Marjorie TALLCHIEF and Rozsika SABO The Drunkards Messrs. ALONSO, COOPER, DAVIS and NAULT Devil Tommy RALL Masqueraders, Merchants, Officers, Soldiers, Ladies, Gentlemen, Children, Cossacks, Animal Trainers, etc. Conductor: Daniel SAIDENBERG Intermission (Program continued on back) Tonight 8:30 P. M. (Last performance) WALTZ ACADEMY FANCY FREE PAS DE DEUX from "THE NUTCRACKER" PRINCESS AURORA PROGRAM (Concluded) II. TALLY-HO or THE FRAIL QUARRY Ballet by Agnes DeMILLE Music by GLUCK, arranged for ballet by Paul NORDOFF Costumes and scenery by MOTLEY Scenery executed by TRIANGLE Scenic Studios Ladies' costumes executed by Edith LUTYENS Men's costumes executed by EAVES Costume Company Wigs by BARRIS This ballet has nothing to do with fox-hunting. The scene is in a French forest on an afternoon in the middle of a long summer. The Wife Janet REED Her Husband, a Genius Hugh LAING The Prince John KRIZA The Innocent Lucia CHASE A Lady, no better than she should be Muriel BENTLEY Two others, somewhat worse Shirley ECKL and Rozsika SABO Courtiers Misses RISELEY, FALLIS, ADAMS, LLOYD Messrs. ALONSO, COOPER, DAVIS, DeVOYE, HERBERTT, TARAS, TOBIAS Conductor: Daniel SAIDENBERG The membership of Ballet Associates as a group has contributed to the cost of production of "Tally-Ho." Intermission III. GRADUATION BALL Ballet in One Act by David LICHINE Music by Johann STRAUSS Music arranged and orchestrated by Antal DORATI Choreography by David LICHINE Scenery designed by Mstislav DOBUJINSKY Scenery executed by Eugene B. DUNKEL Studios Costumes executed by JACKS of Hollywood Footwear by Hollywood Bootmaker The setting is the ballroom of a Young Girls' School in Vienna. It is the night before graduation and the excited girls are awaiting the arrival of the graduating class of a nearby Military School. The Headmistress is no less excited than the girls and rushes around in a last minute flurry of advice and preparation. When the Cadets arrive, the Ball really gets into swing and soon they are dancing in delirious happiness. But all too quickly it is time to say good-bye and the pleasant evening seems to have been a dream, indeed an exciting but all too short one. Headmistress Alpheus KOON Junior Girls Janet REED, Rosella HIGHTOWER, Barbara FALLIS, Margaret BANKS, Marjorie TALLCHIEF, June MORRIS, Fern WHITNEY, Cynthia RISELEY Senior Girls Diana ADAMS, Rozsika SABO, Doreen OSWALD, Paula LLOYD General John TARAS Junior Cadets Harold LANG, Fernando ALONSO, Kenneth DAVIS Stanley HERBERTT, Tommy RALL, Roy TOBIAS Senior Cadets Rex COOPER, Robert DeVOYE, Fernand NAULT, Regis POWERS DIVERTISSEMENT Mistress of Ceremonies Janet REED The Drummer Nicolas ORLOFF Pas de Deux Alicia ALONSO and Fernando ALONSO Dance Impromptu Rosella HIGHTOWER Variation Janet REED Competition Cynthia RISELEY and Marjorie TALLCHIEF Tyrolean Boy Tommy RALL Perpetuum Mobile Janet REED, Harold LANG, Barbara FALLIS, June MORRIS, Fern WHITNEY Mazurka Coquette Alpheus KOON and John TARAS Finale by the Entire Ensemble Conductor: Daniel SAIDENBERG (Cast and program subject to change without notice) STAFF FOR S. HUROK Leon Spathner Company Manager Carl Green Property Man Gerald Goode General Press Representative Barney Ostroff Electrician Mae Frohman Executive Secretary Augusta Besand Wardrobe Mistress Al Johnson Carpenter Otto Wurtz Wardrobe Master STAFF FOR THE BALLET THEATRE J. Alden Talbot Managing Director William Lilling Stage Manager Alexis Tcherkassky Assistant Director Rex Cooper Assistant Stage Manager Ellen M. Bywater Executive Secretary Tamara Venmar Wardrobe Supervisor Joseph Bastian General Assistant Ballets supervised by Antony Tudor, Dimirri Romanoff and John Taras Antal Dorati, Musical Director Mois Zlatin, Associate Conductor The management strictly forbids the taking of any photographs or motion pictures inside the theatre without written permission. Exclusive Management: Hurok Attractions, Inc., 711 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Box office, courtesy J. K. Gill Company; Steinway piano, courtesy Sherman, Clay & Company. For numbers on this program inquire at Music Room, Central Library. Opera glasses for rent at Check Room Souvenir programs on sale in lobby. Program printed courtesy of THE J. K. GILL COMPANY S. W. Fifth Avenue at Stark Portland 4, Oregon
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January 21, 1945