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Filling Station
Virgil Thomson photographed by Carl Van Vechten, June 4, 1947
Choreographed by Lew Christensen
Composed by Virgil Thomson
Based on Newspaper report
Date of premiere November 1937
Place of premiere Hartford, Connecticut
Original ballet company Ballet Caravan
Characters Mac, station attendant
Ray, truck driver
Roy, truck driver
The State Trooper
The Motorist
The Motorist's Wife
The Motorist's Child
The Rich Boy
The Rich Girl
The Gangster
Designs by Paul Cadmus
Setting Filling Station contemporary with the date of the ballet's creation
Genre Ballet document

Filling Station is a one-act ballet. The libretto (story) is based on a newspaper report. Virgil Thomson wrote the music. Lew Christensen choreographed (designed) the dances. Christensen performed the role of Mac, the filling station attendant. Paul Cadmus designed the sets and costumes. The ballet was first performed in Hartford, Connecticut by Ballet Caravan in November 1937. A performance was given at the Martin Beck Theater in New York City on May 18, 1939, with Christensen again in the role of the attendant.

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