Choreography by George
Staged by Victoria Simon and John
Revival Staged by Merrill
Ashley and Stacey Caddell (2013)
Music by Georges Bizet
Costume designs after Karinska
Lighting by Mark Stanley
Georges Bizet composed his Symphony in C when he was a 17-year-old
pupil of Charles Gounod at the Paris Conservatory. The manuscript was
lost for decades, and was published only after it was discovered in
the Conservatorys library in 1933. George Balanchine first learned
of the long-vanished score from Stravinsky. He required only two weeks
to choreograph it as Le Palais de Cristal for the Paris Opera
Ballet, where he was serving as a guest ballet master. When he revived
the work the following year for its United States premiere, he simplified
the sets and costumes and changed the title.
Under the title Le Palais de Cristal, Symphony in C was
given its World Premiere by the Paris Opera Ballet at the Paris Opera
House on July 28, 1947, danced by Lycette Darsonval, Tamara Toumanova,
Micheline Bardin, Madeleine Lafon, Alexandre Kalioujny, Roger Ritz,
Michel Renault and Max Bozzoni.
Symphony in C was given its United States premiere by Ballet Society
(later New York City Ballet) at City Center, New York on March 22, 1948,
danced by Maria Tallchief, Tanaquil LeClercq, Beatrice Tompkins, Elise
Reiman, Nicholas Magallanes, Francisco Moncion, Herbert Bliss and Lew
Symphony in C was given its American Ballet Theatre Company
Premiere on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 at City Center, New York, danced
by Paloma Herrera, Ethan Stiefel, Nina Ananiashvili, Jose Manuel Carreño.
Ashley Tuttle, Angel Corella, Sandra Brown and Sascha Radetsky.
Symphony in C received its Revival Premiere on February 22,
2013 at the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Hong Kong, China danced by
Paloma Herrera, James Whiteside, Veronika Part, Cory Stearns, Isabella
Boylston, Daniil Simkin, Sarah Lane and Sascha Radetsky.