Haieff Divertimento

Choreography by: George Balanchine

Music by: Alexei Haieff

The silken precision of this Black & White ballet, set to a Alexei Haieff composition in equal parts vivacious and quietly nostalgic, makes this rarely performed work a delightful nod to the reputed Balanchine style.

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.

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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.