Agon

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

The apex of Balanchine’s collaborations with Igor Stravinsky, Agon is an intense masterpiece and signature NYCB work, ever contemporary in its athletic competitiveness.




The Agon pieces were all modeled after examples in a French dance manual of the mid-17th Century. Agon (“The Contest”) is not a mythical subject piece to complete a trilogy with Apollo and Orpheus. In fact, it has no musical or choreographic subject beyond the new interpretation of the venerable dances that are its pretext. It was even conceived without provision for scenery and was independent, at least in Stravinsky’s mind, of décor, period, and style.

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Performances

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Credits

Music
Agon (1953-56)
Premiere
December 1, 1957, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama
Original Cast
Todd Bolender, Barbara Milberg, Barbara Walczak, Roy Tobias, Jonathan Watts, Melissa Hayden, Diana Adams, Arthur Mitchell

Length
25 Min.
Lighting by
Nananne Porcher (original production); Mark Stanley (current production)