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APOLLO. George Balanchine

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  • Choreography by: George Balanchine
  • Music: Igor Stravinsky - Apollon Musagéte (1928)
  • Original editor: Boosey and Hawkes Music Publishing, London
  • Duration: 28 minutes
  • Absolute premier by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes the 12 of June, 1928, Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris.

Balanchine's first collaboration with Stravinsky and one of his earliest international successes, Apollo presents the young god as he is ushered into adulthood by the muses of poetry, mime, and dance.

“Apollo I look back on as the turning point of my life. In its discipline and restraint, in its sustained oneness of tone and feeling, the score was a revelation. It seemed to tell me that I could dare not to use everything, that I, too, could eliminate.”

—George Balanchine

Apollo is the oldest Balanchine ballet in New York City Ballet’s repertory. Created for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, and originally titled Apollon Musagète, the ballet premiered in Paris in 1928 and was Balanchine’s first major collaboration with composer Igor Stravinsky. With this dramatic and powerful ballet, which created a sensation when it was first performed, the 24-year-old Balanchine achieved international recognition. The 1928 premiere of the ballet featured sets and costumes by the French painter André Bauchant and in 1929 new costumes were created by Coco Chanel. The ballet was first performed by New York City Ballet in 1951, and during his lifetime Balanchine continued to revise the work, eliminating sets, costumes, and much of the ballet’s narrative content.

The performances of Apollo, a piece by the Balanchine® Ballet, have been lended in virtue of the contract with The George Balanchine Trust, produced in accordance with the service rules by Balanchine Style ® y Balanchine Technique ® stated and provided by THE TRUST

Choreography by George Balanchine

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