Choreography by George
Staged by Richard Tanner
Music by John Philip Sousa
Orchestrated by Hershy Kay
Costumes by Karinska
The pas de deux from Stars and Stripes was given its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere at New York City Center, New York on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, danced by Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin.
Stars and Stripes, a ballet in five acts (campaigns) with costumes by Barbara Karinska and lighting by Nananne Porcher, was given its World Premiere at City Center, New York on January 17, 1958, danced by Allegra Kent, Robert Barnett, Melissa Hayden, Jacques d'Amboise and Diana Adams.
The fourth campaign is a challenging pas de deux with a coda set to the Liberty Bell and El Capitan marches that shows the virtuosity of the dancers.
When Balanchine was asked his reason to choreograph a ballet to Sousa’s marches, he famously replied: "Because I like his music."
The performances of the pas de deux from Stars and Stripes, a Balanchine Ballet,
are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and have
been produced in accordance with Balanchine Style® and Balanchine
Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.