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Afternoon of a Faun

 ComposerClaude Debussy
 MusicPrelude a l′Après-midi d′un Faune (1892-94)
 DancersTanaquil LeClercq, Francisco Moncion
 SceneryJean Rosenthal
 CostumesIrene Sharaff
 LightingJean Rosenthal
 PremiereMay 14, 1953, City Center of Music and Drama, New York City Ballet

 Casting Reqs2 Dancers: 1 principal man, 1 principal woman
 Running Time10′
 NotesDebussy′s music, Prelude a l′Après-midi d′un Faune, was composed between 1892 and 1894. It was inspired by a poem of Mallarme′s which was begun in 1876. The poem describes the reveries of a faun around a real or imagined encounter with nymphs. In 1912 Nijinsky presented his famous ballet, drawing his ideas from many sources, including Greek sculpture and painting. This pas de deux, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, is a variation on these themes. It was first performed in 1953 by the New York City Ballet Company and is dedicated to Tanaquil Le Clercq for whom the ballet was choreographed.

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