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The Ballet Russe Collection

Ballet choreographed by Boris Romanov.
Music by Riccardo Drigo.
Decor by Rolf Gerard.
Premiere: Chicago, December 27, 1956, by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

Harlequinade was an adaptation of Drigo's Les Millions d'Arlequin which, with choreography by Petipa, was presented in St. Petersburg's Hermitage Theatre in 1900. Romanoff had created an earlier Harlequinade for his Theatre Romantique which toured Europe in the 1920s, and in 1965 George Balanchine did his own Harlequinade for the New York City Ballet. All versions tell the same basic story about the attempts of Harlequin, aided by the Good Fairy, to win Columbine from Pantalon.

Jack Anderson, The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

This beautiful piece of scenery is in excellent condition, and consists of three sets of legs and borders against the backdrop pictured above. It was most recently featured in the Butler Ballet's production of Napoli Pas de Six and Tarentella staged for the 1998 Midwinter Dance Festival by Butler faculty member and choreographer Rochelle Zide-Booth, who herself, as a member of the Ballet Russe, had danced in Romanov's original production.

Below are the pictures of the scenery, adding one set of legs and borders at a time.

Backdrop with upstage legs and border

With mid-stage legs and border

With downstage legs and borders