Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée'

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Igor Stravinsky

An abstraction of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Stravinsky’s colorfully playful yet foreboding divertimento sets the stage for Balanchine’s fleet-footed choreography.

In 1937 Balanchine choreographed the full-length ballet for his American Ballet at the Metropolitan Opera House entitled The Fairy’s Kiss (also known as Le Baiser de la Fée), and set to Stravinsky’s score.  For the 1972 Stravinsky Festival Balanchine created an entirely new work that used excerpts from the concert suite Stravinsky created in 1934. In 1974 Balanchine added a final movement to the ballet which is the version performed today as Divertimento from 'Le Baiser de la Fée.'

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Le Baiser de la Fée (1928)
April 27, 1937, American Ballet, Metropolitan Opera, New York
NYC Ballet Premiere
June 21, 1972, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Kathryn Mullowny, Gisella Caccialanza, Leda Anchutina, William Dollar, Annabelle Lyon

NYC Ballet Original Cast
Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson, Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner
25 Min.
Costumes by
Eugene Berman [from Roma (1955)]
Lighting by
Jean Rosenthal (1950); Ronald Bates (1972); Mark Stanley (current production)