The Spellbound Child

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Maurice Ravel

Originally concieved by Balanchine for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1925. Also performed under the title L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (1975).


Social Media Buttons


L'Enfant et les Sortilèges (1920-25). Libretto from a poem by Colette, translated by Lincoln Kirstein and Jane Barzin (1946) and Catherine Wolff (1975).
November 20, 1946, Ballet Society, Central High School of Needle Trades, New York
NYC Ballet Premiere
May 15, 1975, New York State Theater, Ravel Festival, as L'Enfant et les Sortilèges
Original Cast
Joseph Connolly, Elise Reiman, Tanaquil Le Clercq, William Dollar, Georgia Hiden

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Paul Offenkranz, Marnee Morris, Christine Redpath, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Tracy Bennett, Colleen Neary, Stephanie Saland
Costumes by
Aline Bernstein, executed by Karinska (1946); Kermit Love, supervised by David Mitchell (1975)
Set by
Aline Bernstein (1946); Kermit Love (1975)
Lighting by
Jean Rosenthal (1946); Ronald Bates (1975)