Elite Syncopations (ballet)

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Elite Syncopations
Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan
Music Scott Joplin
Based on Music by Scott Joplin
Premiere 7 October 1974 – The Royal Opera House
Original ballet company The Royal Ballet
Genre Neoclassical ballet
Type comic ballet

Elite Syncopations is a one-act ballet created in 1974 by Kenneth MacMillan.[1]

Background and productions[edit]

The piece was premiered by The Royal Ballet on 7 October 1974 at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

It was first performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet on 10 February 1978 at Sadler's Wells Theatre.[2]

Ballet music[edit]

Although the centerpiece was composed by Scott Joplin,[3] McMillan added some additional ragtime tunes to complete this ballet: Paul Pratt's Hot-house Rag and James Scott's Calliope Rag for piano; Joseph Francis Lamb's Ragtime Nightingale orchestra and Alaskan Rag for piano; Max Morath's The Golden Hours for piano; Donald Ashwander's Friday Night and Robert Hampton's Cataract Rag for orchestra.

Original cast[edit]

Covent Garden, 7 October 1974:


  1. ^ Kenneth McMillan website Elite Syncopations page
  2. ^ Birmingham Royal Ballet Elite Syncopations page
  3. ^ Royal Ballet Elite Syncopations page