Les Petits Riens

Choreography by: Peter Martins

Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Credits

Music
Les Petits Riens (KV 299b) (1778)
Premiere
January 15, 1987, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Zippora Karz, Wendy Whelan, Margaret Tracey, Kelly Cass, Peter Boal, Richard Marsden, Jeffrey Edwards, Carlo Merlo

Costumes by
Barbara Matera
Lighting by
Mark Stanley

Les Petits Riens ("Little Nothings") is choreographed to a ballet score of the same name composed by Mozart in Paris for the French choreographer Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), ballet master of the Paris Opera. The ballet is being performed as part of New York City Ballet's contribution to the bicentennial commemoration of the great composer's death, during which all of his compositions will be performed at Lincoln Center. The original ballet was danced as an interlude during Niccolo Piccini's opera Le Finte Gemelle, and Mozart's connection with the work was little known and the score was only discovered in the library of the Paris Opera at the end of the nineteenth century. Martins' Les Petits Riens is a ballet for four couples; the costumes are by Barbara Matera and the lighting is by Mark Stanley.