Music: By Maurice Ravel (1920-25). Libretto by Colette (translated by Catherine Wolff).
Choreography: By George Balanchine. TEA POT and LITTLE MATH MAN with 10 NUMBERS choreographed by Jerome Robbins.
Production: Scenery and costumes by Kermit Love. Supervising Designer: David Mitchell. Lighting by Ronald Bates.
Premiere: May 15, 1975, New York City Ballet, New York State Theater. Conductor: Manuel Rosenthal. (Preview: Annual New York City Ballet Gala Benefit, May 14.)
Cast: Each role performed by a singer off stage (six singers) and a dancer on stage. Child (sung and danced), Paul Offenkranz; His Mother; Armchair; Bergère; Clock; Tea Pot; Chinese Cup; Fire, Marnee Morris; Cinder; 3 Shepherdesses; 3 Shepherds; Princess, Christine Redpath; Little Math Man; 10 Numbers; Black Cat, Jean-Pierre Frohlich; Gray Cat, Tracy Bennett; Dragonflies and Moths, Colleen Neary, 7 women; Big Frog; 5 Little Frogs; Tree (sung only); Squirrels and 2 Trees, Stephanie Saland, 5 women, 2 men.
Note: Included in the Ravel Festival. (See FESTIVALS DIRECTED BY BALANCHINE.)
Other Versions: 1925, Opéra de Monte-Carlo (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, danced by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes). 1946, Ballet Society (The Spellbound Child [L'Enfant et les Sortilèges]). 1981, for the PBS television series Dance in America (The Spellbound Child / L'Enfant et les Sortilèges).