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Card Game

Jamie Bond as the Joker; photo: Bill Cooper

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Stravinsky: the real deal

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Card Game

In Card Game, Stravinsky, himself a keen poker player, plays with allegiances, rivalries and power. John Cranko's witty choreography entered The Royal Ballet repertory in 1966. In this modern classic, the sly Joker banishes the proud Queen, the Two, Three, Four, Five and Six strike a straight flush, and little Two of Diamonds tries to spoil everyone's fun.

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Music Igor Stravinsky
Choregraphy John Cranko
Libretto adapted by John Cranko
Designs Dorothee Zippel
Lighting Peter Teigen

World premiere

Stuttgart Ballet, 22 January 1965, Stuttgart

First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet

7 October 1976, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London


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