|Composed by:||Stewart Copeland|
|Premiere location:||San Francisco, CA, USA|
King Lear is a tragedy by William Shakespeare.
- Kirk Peterson - King Lear
- Eda Holmes, Mimi Keith and Wendy Van Dyke - his daughters
The ballet was performed six times in San Francisco, CA, USA.
King Lear was never officially released in recorded format. Yet at least one of the performances was privately filmed - from the start of the music to the closed curtain it's exactly 23:47 minutes long.
Quotations and trivia
Stewart Copeland composed the music for this ballet while shooting The Rhythmatist in Africa in 1984. Choreographer Victoria Morgan got rid of most of the subplot and characters and Stewart composed the music to this shortened scenario which resulted in a 20 minute ballet. Stewart worked for certain characters at first and changed bits using Victorias input. He attended the rehearsals in a San Francisco Ballet studio as well as the performances on 1985-04-16 and 1985-04-17.
- King Lear wikipedia description
- San Francisco Ballet homepage
- article in Wilmington Morning Star - April 16, 1985