Jamie Bond as the Joker; photo: Bill Cooper
Stravinsky: the real deal
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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
Stuttgart Ballet, 22 January 1965, Stuttgart
First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet
7 October 1976, Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
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