Elégie

Choreography: 

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music:

Elegie-Elegy for Solo Viola

Composer:

Igor Stravinsky

Premiere: 

1982

Duration:

4

Minutes

No. Dancers:

1

Photo © Paul Kolnik

Balanchine first choreographed Stravinsky’s Elégie as a pas de deux in 1948, and then as a solo in 1966. At the opening and closing of this newly choreographed work the dancer kneels in a circle of light on the darkened stage.

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971), born in Russia, is acknowledged as one of the great composers of the twentieth century. His work encompassed styles as diverse as Romanticism, Neoclassicism, and Serialism. His ballets for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes included The Firebird, PetrushkaThe Rite of Spring, and Apollo. His music has been used in over 30 ballets originating with New York City Ballet from 1948 through 1987, including Danses Concertantes, Orpheus, The Cage, Agon, Monumentum pro Gesualdo, Rubies, Symphony in Three Movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos, Suite from L’Histoire du Soldat, Concertino, and Jeu de Cartes.

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