St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Serenade. La Valse. Theme and Variations

one act ballets



Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Maurice Ravel
Choreography: George Balanchine


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


La Valse

Music: Maurice Ravel (Valses nobles et sentimentales, 1911, orchestrated 1912; La Valse, 1920, commissioned: Serge Diaghilev)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1974)
Staged: John Clifford
Costumes: Karinska
Lighting: Mark Stanley, realized: Vladimir Lukasevich

Premiere: February 20, 1951, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: 13 April, 2004

Running time: 30 minutes


Theme and Variations
a classical ballet


Music: Pyotr Tchaikovsky (final movement of Suite No.3 for orchestra in G major, 1884)
Choreography: George Balanchine (1947)
Staging: Francia Russel
Costumes: Galina Solovieva (1989)
Lighting design: Vladimir Lukasevich

Premiere: November 26, 1947, Ballet Theatre, City Center of Music and Drama, New York
Premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre: April, 16, 1989

Running time: 25 minutes


The Ballets of George Balanchine 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

Age category 12+

Conductor – Pavel Bubelnikov
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