The Tartans

Choreographer: Frank Staff
Composer: William Boyce
Music arranger: Constant Lambert
Set designer: William Chappell
Costume designer: William Chappell
World premiere: 16 Jan 1938, Ballet Club, Mercury Theatre, London
Work note: This trio, billed as 'suite of dances by Frank Staff', was first performed as part of the divertissements.
Number of dancers: 1 woman, 2 men
Music title: Sections from Eight Symphonies (1780)
Music details: Live music: piano
Source: Bradley, L. 'Sixteen Years of Ballet Rambert' (Hinrichsen Edition Ltd, 1946). The programme in the Rambert Archive for 16 January 1938 does not list this ballet, but notes from a copy held at the V&A Theatre and Performance Archive suggest that Bradley's date is correct.
Archive catalogue: WORK/0096


Date Programme Venue
16 Jan 1938
Our Lady's Juggler | Foyer de Danse | Trio (Lachrymae) | Étrange* | American Sailor | Pompette | The Tartans* | Soirée de Vienne, no. 6 (Schubert-Liszt) | Les Masques (ou, Changement de Dames) Mercury Theatre, London
13 Feb 1938
Les Sylphides | Croquis de ''Mercure'' (Sketches for ''Mercury'')* | The Tartans | Ricordanza (Liszt) | Bar aux Folies-Bergère Mercury Theatre, London
16 Mar 1938
Foyer de Danse | The Tartans | Le Péri* | Death and the Maiden | Standchen (Strauss, arr. Walter Gieseking) | Liebeslied (Kreisler, arr. Rachmaninoff) | Capriol Suite Mercury Theatre, London
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