The Two Igors
World premiere: 3 Apr 1938, Ballet Club, Mercury Theatre, London
Work note: This duet was often performed with Andrée Howard's 'Circus Wings' under the umbrella title of 'Two Gramophone Sketches' or 'Gramophone Sketches'. At its premiere, believed to be 3 April 1938, Staff's ballet was billed as 'à la Russe' and accompanied Howard's ballet (a solo), then known as 'à la Polka'. On 6 April 1938, Staff's ballet was listed as 'The Two Igors', the title under which it continued to be performed. It is possible that it premiered on 30 March 1938, with Howard's solo, but in the absence of a programme, the Rambert Archive cannot state the world premiere definitively.
Production note: Costume designer is unknown, possibly used 'Casse Noisette' costumes.
Number of dancers: 2 men
Music details: Recorded music: record played on a gramophone
Source: Programme and reference file in the Rambert Archive
Archive catalogue: WORK/0100
3 Apr 1938
|The Strike of Wives (Lysistrata) | Croquis de ''Mercure'' (Sketches for ''Mercury'') | La Muse s'Amuse | Pas de Deux from Casse-Noisette | Étrange | à La Russe* | à La Polka||Mercury Theatre, London|
6 Apr 1938
|La Péri | Pas de Deux from Casse-Noisette | Étrange | Mlle Fifi | The Two Igors | Alcina Suite | La Muse s'Amuse||Mercury Theatre, London|
17 May 1941
|Overture | Shepherd's Wooing | Panaderos | Circus Wings | The Two Igors | Alegrias* | Interlude | Lady into Fox||The Arts Theatre Club, London|
29 Jun 1941
|Circus Wings | The Two Igors | Panaderos | Pavane pour une Infante Défunte* | Lady into Fox||The Arts Theatre Club, London|