Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

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Apollon Musagéte (1928)
June 12, 1928, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris
NYC Ballet Premiere
November 15, 1951, City Center of Music and Drama
Original Cast
Alice Nikitina, Lubov Tchernicheva, Felia Doubrovska, Serge Lifar

NYC Ballet Original Cast
André Eglevsky, Maria Tallchief, Diana Adams, Tanaquil Le Clercq
28 Min.
Costumes by
André Bauchant, executed by Prince A. Schervashidze (1928), Chanel (1929), Stewart Chaney (1937), Tomás Santa Rosa (1941), Karinska (1951). Danced in minimal practice clothes since 1957.
Set by
André Bauchant, executed under direction of Mme A Youkine (1928), Stewart Chaney (1937), Tomás Santa Rosa (1941). Minimal scenery after 1957; no scenery after 1979.
Lighting by
Jean Rosenthal (1951); David Hays (1964); Mark Stanley (current production)

Balanchine's first collaboration with Stravinsky, Apollo, depicts the young god as he is inspired into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime, and dance.

Apollo is the oldest Balanchine ballet in New York City Ballet's repertory. Originally titled Apollon Musagète, it created a sensation when it was first performed in 1928, and was Balanchine’s first major collaboration with Stravinsky for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. With this dramatic and powerful ballet, the 24-year-old Balanchine achieved international recognition. The ballet was first performed by New York City Ballet in 1951, with the title translated from the Greek as Apollo, Leader of the Muses. Starting in 1957, the ballet was called simply Apollo, and over the years, Balanchine stripped the ballet of much of its narrative content. Balanchine wrote, "Apollo I look back on as the turning point of my life. In its discipline and restraint, in its sustained oneness of tone and feeling, the score was a revelation. It seemed to tell me that I could dare not to use everything, that I, too, could eliminate."

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