Divertimento Brillante

Choreography: 

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music:

Based on themes from Bellini's 'La Sonnambula'

Composer:

Mikhail Glinka

Premiere: 

1967

Duration:

7

Minutes

No. Dancers:

2

Photo by Martha Swope

©The New York Public Library for the Performing Art

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Russia’s first national composer, has been called the Mozart of his country. He is best known for his operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmila. As a student at the Maryinsky Theatre, Balanchine danced in the latter; in 1969, he directed and choreographed the opera for the State Opera of Hamburg.

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