Alina Cojocaru and Steven McRae
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Les Patineurs (1937)

Ballet-Divertissement in one act

M Music by
S Scenery by
C Costumes by
D Danced by
FP First performance
NP New production
R Reproduced by
ST Staging (indicates that the ballet was produced in substantially its original form)

M Giacomo Meyerbeer, arranged by Constant Lambert (ballet music and one aria from Le Prophète, and Waltz from Act II, Prelude to Act III, and Ismailov's aria "Bel cavalier" from L'Etoile du nord)
SC William Chappell

D 1 Entrée: Mary Honer, Elizabeth Miller
Pas de huit: Gwyneth Mathews, Joy Newton, Peggy Melliss, Wenda Horsburgh, Richard Ellis, Leslie Edwards, Michael Somes, Paul Reymond
2 Variation: Harold Turner
3 Pas de deux: Margot Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann
4 Ensemble
5 Pas de trois: Mary Honer, Elizabeth Miller, Harold Turner
6 Pas des patineuses: June Brae, Pamela May
7 Ensemble
8 Galop finale
FP Vic-Wells Ballet, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 16 February 1937

NP Sadler's Wells Ballet; new S William Chappell
D Entrée: Margaret Dale, Avril Navarre; Variation: Harold Turner; Pas de deux: Moira Shearer, David Paltenghi; Pas des patineuses: Beryl Grey, Gillian Lynne
FP Royal Opera House, London, 20 March 1946

ST Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet
D Variation: Donald Britton; Pas de deux: Annette Page, David Poole
FP Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 23 April 1955

NP Royal Ballet; enlarged version with corps de ballet and Pas des patineuses duplicated behind the arches
D Entrée: Annette Page, Shirley Grahame; Variation: Brian Shaw; Pas de deux: Anya Linden, Desmond Doyle; Pas de quatre (formerly Pas des patineuses): Brenda Taylor, Valerie Taylor, Meriel Evans, Mary Drage
FP Royal Opera House, London, 12 March 1957
(This so-called "mirror version", prepared for a tour of Soviet Russia in the autumn of 1956 which was cancelled after the invasion of Hungary, was not performed on tour in Britain by the main company, though it was given in the United States; it was dropped altogether from 10 February 1966, though the corps de ballet was then augmented to six couples)

ST Royal Ballet School
FP Royal Opera House, London, 13 May 1961

ST Ballet for All; Variation only
FP Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 13 October 1972

By other companies:

NP [American] Ballet Theatre; SC Cecil Beaton
D Entrée: Barbara Fallis, Cynthia Riseley; Variation: John Kriza; Pas de deux: Nora Kaye, Hugh Laing; Pas des patineuses: Diana Adams, Anna Cheselka
FP Broadway Theater, New York, 2 October 1946

ST University of Cape Town Ballet; R David Poole
FP Cape Town, 6 December 1957

ST The United Ballet Company; R Philip Chatfield
FP Her Majesty's Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand, 28 November 1959

ST State Ballet of Turkey; R Ninette de Valois and Ann Parsons
FP National Theatre, Ankara, 15 January 1962

NP The New Zealand Ballet; R Walter Trevor; SC Raymond Boyce
D Variation: Walter Trevor; Pas de deux: Kirsten Ralov, Arthur Turnbull
FP Napier, New Zealand, 7 July 1962

ST Transvaal Ballet; R Alexander Bennett
FP 1965

ST PACT Ballet Company
FP Johannesburg, South Africa, 1965

ST Royal Winnipeg Ballet; R Miro Zolan
FP Playhouse Theatre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 29 December 1966

ST The Australian Ballet; R Peggy van Praagh
D Variation: Alan Alder; Pas de deux: Elaine Fifield, Kelvin Coe
FP Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide, 23 March 1970

ST Minnesota Dance Theatre; R Brian Shaw
FP Minneapolis MN, 2 May 1972

ST Noverre-Ballett; R Robert Mead
FP Würtembergisches Staatstheater Stuttgart, Kleines Haus, 6 May 1973

ST Joffrey Ballet; R Brian Shaw
D Entrée: Francesca Corkle, Ann Marie De Angelo; Variation: Mark Goldweber; Pas de deux: Denise Jackson, Gregory Huffman; Pas des patineuses: Cynthia Anderson, Patricia Miller
FP City Center Theater, New York NY, 2 November 1977

ST Ballet of the Norske Opera
FP 1977

ST National Ballet [of Canada] School; R Lynn Wallis; M arranged for two pianos by Margaret Gibbs
FP St Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, 27 April 1978

ST CAPAB Ballet Company; R Lynn Wallis
D Variation: Wayne Sleep
FP Nico Malan Opera House, Cape Town, 1 September 1978

ST National Ballet of Canada; R Brian Shaw
D Variation: Peter Schaufuss
FP O'Keefe Centre, Toronto, 10 November 1978

ST Milwaukee Ballet; R Brian Shaw
FP Vihlein Hall, Milwaukee WI, 11 February 1983

ST Banff Center; R Alexander Grant
FP Banff Center, Banff, Alberta, 1983

ST Ballet Metropolitan; R Sheila Humphries and Brian Shaw
FP Ohio Theater, Columbus OH, 28 February 1985

ST Ballet West; R John Hart
FP High School, Aspen CO, 30 July 1985; Capitol Theater, Salt Lake City UT, 20 September 1985

ST London City Ballet; R Julie Lincoln
FP King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 26 May 1992; Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 14 December 1992

ST Hong Kong Ballet; R Julie Lincoln
FP Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, Hong Kong, 28 April 1994

ST Louisville Ballet; R Helen Starr
FP Kentucky Center for the Arts, Whitney Hall, Louisville KY, 16 February 1995

ST Miami City Ballet; R Hilary Cartwright
FP Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami FL, 11 November 2000

ST Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance; excerpts only; R Shirley Grahame and Diana Vere
D Entrée: Ayako Toyama, Sawa Seno; Variation: Shih-Hsien Chang; Pas de deux: Ayumi Yamashite, Ben Dixon; Pas des patineuses: Brigida Neves, Rachel Keats
FP Rambert School, Twickenham, MX