St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Serenade. Symphony in C

ballets of George Balanchine



The Mariinsky Theatre is delighted to present the ballets of the greatest choreographer of the 20th century – ballet legend George Balanchine.
Serenade and Symphony in C, like most of Balanchine´s ballets, have no plot: the dance arises from the music, not a subject, and the pure dance itself creates the drama and the poetry. For Balanchine it was the choreography in itself that was important: music and movement, space and dancers, line and rhythm.
Balanchine was, first and foremost, a professional, a virtuoso, a genius drawing inspiration from a supreme art which he forged to perfection. But neither the cult of virtuoso technique nor an analytical approach to form make Balanchine´s works dry or rational: his ballets are light-filled, brimming with life and passion, the structure of the dance is glittering and light, the rhythms magical.



classical ballet in four movements

Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky (Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra, Op. 48)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1935)
Staging: Francia Russell and Karin von Aroldingen
Costume design: Karinska
Original lighting design: Ronald Bates
Lighting: Vladimir Lukasevich

World premiere: 6 June 1934, School of American Ballet, White Plains, New York
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 30 April 1998, St Petersburg

Running time: 30 minutes


Symphony in C
ballet in four movements

Music: Georges Bizet (Symphony No. 1 in C)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1947)
Staging: Colleen Neary
Costume design: Irina Press

World premiere: 1947, Théâtre de l´Opéra, Paris
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 9 February 1996, St Petersburg

Running time: 40 minutes


Symphony in C


The Ballets of George Balanchine Serenade and Symphony in C is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by the Trust

The Mariinsky Theatre would like to express its gratitude to Mrs Bettina von Siemens for her support in bringing the "Ballets of George Balanchine" project to life

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