Music: By Paul Hindemith (Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber, 1943).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Costumes by Karinska. Décor by Jean Rosenthal.
Premiere: November 25, 1952, New York City Ballet, City Center of Music and Drama, New York.
Conductor: Leon Barzin.
Cast: Tanaquil Le Clercq, Todd Bolender, Nicholas Magallanes, 16 women, 8 men.
ALLEGRO; TURANDOT SCHERZO; ANDANTINO; MARCH.
Note: A fantasy on insectile life: The dancers were costumed as bug-inspired, winged beings with antennae, in a decor of light-reflective coat hangers and Chinese panels. The adagio featured a beetle, inspired by Kafka, and a sort of butterfly; the finale was dominated by dancers in giant wings. A principal theme in Hindemith's score is based on a Chinese melody used by Weber. Along with those of other elaborately produced ballets, including Tyl Ulenspiegel and Renard, costumes for Metamorphoses were destroyed in a warehouse fire in 1953; all three ballets were lost.