Tarantella (ballet)

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This article is about Balanchine's 1964 ballet. For the southern Italian folk dance, see Tarantella. For other uses, see Tarantella (disambiguation).

Tarantella is a ballet made by New York City Ballet co-founder and balletmaster George Balanchine to Louis Moreau Gottschalk's Grande Tarantelle, Op. 67 (ca. 1858–64), reconstructed and orchestrated for piano and orchestra by Hershy Kay in July 1954.[1] The premiere took place January 7, 1964, at the City Center of Music and Drama, New York.


Main article: Tarantella casts




  • 1968 Direct Cinema Ltd., Man Who Dances: Edward Villella (excerpts);
  • 1973, RM Productions

Videography - DVD[edit]

  • 1980, Direct Cinema Ltd., Man Who Dances: Edward Villella (excerpts)


  • 1966 PBS, Dance
  • 1968 NBC, Bell Telephone Hour, Man Who Dances: Edward Villella
  • 1971 CBC, Montreal
  • 1973 RM Productions
  • 1975 PBS, Great Performances
  • 1975 BBC 2, London
  • 1979 WETA, Washington, D.C., Baryshnikov at the White House

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adrienne Scholtz, Patricia Prunty. "The Hershy Kay Papers". Yale University Library. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 

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