Pas de Trois (Glinka)

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Mikhail Glinka

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Ballet music from Ruslan and Ludmila (1838-41)
March 1, 1955, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama
Original Cast
Melissa Hayden, Patricia Wilde, André Eglevsky

Costumes by
Lighting by
Jean Rosenthal

This short ballet calls upon all the resources of its three dancers, whether alone, paired, or dancing as a trio to perform with great speed and split-second timing as they execute a wide variety of technical feats.

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Russia's first national composer, has been called the Mozart of his country. He is best known for his operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmila. As a student at the Maryinsky Theatre, Balanchine danced in the latter; in 1969 he directed and choreographed the opera for the State Opera of Hamburg.