Music: By Igor Stravinsky (excerpts from the full-length ballet, Le Baiser de la Fée, 1928).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Costumes by Eugene Berman (from Roma ). Lighting by Ronald Bates.
Premiere: June 21, 1972, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Robert Irving.
Cast: Patricia McBride, Helgi Tomasson; Bettijane Sills, Carol Sumner, 10 women.
Note: Included in the Stravinsky Festival. Unlike Balanchine's earlier staging of Le Baiser de la Fée as a narrative ballet, the Divertimento tells no story, although certain sections suggest quest and foreboding. Despite the ballet's title, it appears that Stravinsky's Divertimento concert suite of 1934 did not figure in Balanchine's musical selections, which he drew (and edited extensively) from the full ballet score of 1928. (Some but not all of the same musical material occurs in the Divertimento.) (See FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE.)
Film: 1973, RM Productions.
Video/DVD: 2002, George Balanchine Foundation, Music Dances: Balanchine Choreographs Stravinsky (male solo).
Archival Video: George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive (male solo), forthcoming.
Revisions: 1974, New York City Ballet: New pas de deux (with ensemble) added; two principal dancers bid farewell in elegiac conclusion to music from the score of Le Baiser de la Fée that incorporates Tchaikovsky's 'None But the Lonely Heart'; some years later the ending of the male solo was modified to include deeper knee bends.