Garland Dance from The Sleeping Beauty

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

Balanchine was captured by The Sleeping Beauty's spell at an early age. The ballet marked his first appearance onstage, as Cupid, and he always credited the experience with opening his mind to the possibilities inherent in classical dance. Balanchine's memories and strong belief in the importance of the performance tradition for young people is perhaps nowhere better demonstrated than in his recreation of The Sleeping Beauty's Garland Dance, the "Pas de Guirlandes," that he choreographed  for New York City Ballet's 1981 Tschaikovsky Festival. In 1991, Peter Martins choreographed a full length Sleeping Beauty, and incorporated Balanchine’s Garland Dance in Act I.

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Garland Dance from The Sleeping Beauty (produced 1890)
June 9, 1981, New York City Ballet, Tschaikovsky Festival, New York State Theater
Original Cast
from New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet (25 women, 16 men, 16 young girls)

5 min.
Costumes by
Patricia Zipprodt
Set by
David Mitchell
Lighting by
Mark Stanley