Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme

The romantic adventures–and comic misadventures–of Cléonte, Molière’s 17th century dancing master, provide the impetus for this elaborately costumed ballet set in a fashionable Parisian mansion. The current production is Balanchine’s third rendition of this ballet which has been revived for performance during the Balanchine Celebration.

Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was a German composer and conductor best known for his tone poems and for operas composed to librettos by Austrian poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

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 © Paul Kolnik


Choreography:  George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music:  Concert Suite
Composer:  Strauss, Richard
Premiere:  1979
Average Length:  31 minutes
No. Dancers:  24