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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

The Ballet Russe Collection

Ballet choreographed by George Balanchine, after the comedy-ballet by Moliere.
Music by Richard Strauss.
Scenery by Eugene Berman.
First production by the Ballets Russes de Monte-Carlo, New York, 1944.

The action, adapted from the play, shows Monsieur Jourdain preening himself, proud to have come into a great deal of wealth, and vowing that his daughter will marry no one but a nobleman. But daughter gets her way when her lover disguises himself as a Moslem prince and asks for, and receives, her hand in marriage

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

An earlier (1932) version of this ballet, choreographed while Balanchine, then with the rival Original Ballets Russes of Colonel de Basil's company, was still in France, was set to scenery by Alexander Benois.

This ballet is represented in our collection by the act curtain above, a backdrop, and a swag, which are all pictured below.

Backdrop for Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

Detail of swag