RAYMONDA DIVERTISSEMENTS

Choreography by Marius Petipa
Staged by Irina Kolpakova and Kevin McKenzie
Music by Alexander Glazunov
Costumes by Barbara Matera
Furs by Ben Kahn
Lighting by Brad Fields

This new production of Raymonda Divertissements was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre at the David H. Koch Theater, New York on October 23, 2014, danced by Hee Seo as Raymonda and James Whiteside as Jean de Brienne.

Raymonda received its World Premiere at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on January 19, 1898 (New Style) at a benefit performance for the Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani who created the role of Raymonda.

A complete production of Raymonda, with choreography by Marius Petipa and restaged with additional choreography by Rudolf Nureyev, scenery and costumes by Nicholas Georgiadis and lighting by Nicholas Cernovitch, was given its World Premiere by American Ballet Theatre at Jones Hall in Houston, Texas on June 26, 1975, danced by Cynthia Gregory (Raymonda), Rudolf Nureyev (Jean de Brienne) and Erik Bruhn (Abderachman). This production received its New York Premiere at the New York State Theater on July 1, 1975, danced by the same cast.

A second full-length production of Raymonda, with choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes, after Marius Petipa, conceived and directed by Anna-Marie Homes and Kevin McKenzie with scenery, costumes and set design by Zack Brown and lighting by Steen Bjarke received its Company Premiere by American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York on May 21, 2004, danced by Irina Dvorovenko (Raymonda), Maxim Beloserkovsky (Jean de Brienne) and Marcelo Gomes (Abderakhman).

Additional productions of divertissements from Raymonda have been given by ABT. They are:

Raymonda (Divertissements from Act II and Act III) with choreography by Marius Petipa, staged by Mikhail Baryshnikov with scenery and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Gil Wechsler, which received its World Premiere at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D. C. on December 11, 1980, danced by Martine van Hamel (Raymoda) and Alexander Godunov (Jean de Brienne).

Raymonda (Grand Pas Classique), staged by Mikhail Baryishnikov, after Marius Petipa with costumes by Barbara Matera, Furs by Ben Kahn and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, received its World Premiere at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California on December 1, 1987, danced by Martine van Hamel and Ross Stretton. Retitled Raymonda (Grand Pas Hongrois), this ballet was performed on June 14, 1988 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D. C., danced by Martine van Hamel and Kevin McKenzie.

Raymonda, Act III with choreography by Fernando Bujones, after Marius Petipa, receoved its premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York on May 30, 1991, danced by Susan Jaffe (Raymonda) and Ricardo Bustamante (Jean de Brienne).

Raymonda (Grand Pas Classique), staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, after Marius Petipa with costumes by Barbara Matera, furs by Ben Kahn and lighting by Brad Fields received its Company Premiere at City Center, New York on October 23, 2003, danced by Paloma Herrera and Jose Manuel Carreño. Retitled Raymonda (Divertissements), when the Company appeared in Washington, D. C. in February 2004.


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