Agon at New York City Ballet
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Agon is the Greek word for contest; the movements of the ballet are named after French court dances. The score was commissioned by New York City Ballet with funds from the Rockefeller Foundation and dedicated to Lincoln Kirstein and Balanchine by the composer. Balanchine and Stravinsky together designed the structure of the ballet during the creation of the music. The outline for the score specifies in detail, with exact timings, the basic movements for 12 dancers clad in simple black and white costumes.