Music: By Maurice Ravel (1920-25). Lyric fantasy in two parts based on a poem by Colette (translated by Catherine Wolff).
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Produced by Emile Ardolino and Judy Kinberg. Conceived for television and with choreography by George Balanchine, in collaboration with Kermit Love. Directed by Emile Ardolino. Design concept, puppets, models, and costumes by Kermit Love. Supervising Designer: David Mitchell. Lighting by Ralph Holmes.
Boy, Christopher Byars; Mother; Armchair; Lady Chair, 2 women; Clock; Teapot; Chinese Cup; Fire, Karin von Aroldingen; 5 Shepherds; 5 Shepherdesses; 2 Cats; Wounded Tree; Dragonflies, 4 women; Bats, 2 women, 1 man; Moths, 6 women; 2 Frogs; 2 Owls; Toads, 8 boys.
First Telecast: May 25, 1981, Dance in America, PBS. Danced by New York City Ballet, students from the School of American Ballet, and others. Conductor of New York City Ballet orchestra: Manuel Rosenthal. Singers off-camera.
Note: Created for television, this production used elements of the 1975 staging and employed special effects, including animation for certain parts of the narrative.
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]). 1975, New York City Ballet (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel Festival).