Haieff Divertimento

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Alexei Haieff

This work was composed in five sections: "Prelude," "Aria," "Scherzo," "Lullaby," and a "Finale." The ballet is choreographed for a leading couple and four supporting couples dressed in simple costumes. Haieff Divertimento features a blues pas de deux and combines popular American dance idioms and modern concert dance with classic ballet.
Alexei Haieff was born in Siberia in 1914. Haieff is a pianist and composer who studied with Constantine Shredov and Nadia Boulanger. He attended The Juilliard School and counts among his honors the American Academy in Rome Medal (1942), the Lili Boulanger Memorial Award (1942), and two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships (1946 and 1949).

Social Media Buttons


Divertimento for small orchestra (1944)
January 13, 1947, Ballet Society, Hunter College Playhouse, New York
Original Cast
Mary Ellen Moylan, Francisco Moncion, Gisella Caccialanza, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Elise Reiman, Beatrice Tompkins, Todd Bolender, Lew Christensen, Fred Danieli, John Taras

14 min.