Harlequinade Pas de Deux

Originally danced by Maria Tallchief and André Eglevsky, Balanchine created new choreography for this pas de deux when he staged the entire Harlequinade in 1965.

Riccardo Drigo (1846-1930) was born in Padua, Italy. He went to Russiain 1878 and remained there for over 40 years. He was the conductor of the Italian Opera in St. Petersburgin 1879 and in 1886 became the conductor and composer to the Imperial Ballet. He worked with most of the leading dancers and choreographers in Russia, and conducted the first performances of Tschaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and Glazounov’s Raymonda. His own works were popular in their day and Harlequin’s Millions was internationally renowned.

Repertory notes provided courtesy of and adapted from New York City Ballet Online Repertory Index. Additional sources: Choreography by George Balanchine: A Catalogue of Works, An Eakins Press Foundation Book, published by Viking (1984); and Repertory in Review: 40 Years of the New York City Ballet by Nancy Reynolds (1970; The Dial Press).  Photo credit: Photo © Radford Bascome
Choreography:  George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music:  from Les Millions d'Arlequin
Composer:  Drigo, Riccardo
Premiere:  1952
Average Length:  15 minutes
No. Dancers:  2