Pas de Trois (Glinka)

This short ballet calls upon all the resources of its three dancers, whether alone, paired, or dancing as a trio, to perform with great speed and split-second timing as they execute a wide variety of technical feats.

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Russia’s first national composer, has been called the Mozart of his country. He is best known for his operas A Life for the Tsar and Ruslan and Ludmila. As a student at the Maryinsky Theatre, Balanchine danced in the latter; in 1969, he directed and choreographed the opera for the State Opera of Hamburg.

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
The George Balanchine Trust - Pas de Trois (Glinka)
Choreography:  George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music:  Ballet music from Ruslan and Ludmila
Composer:  Glinka, Mikhail
Premiere:  1955
Average Length:  12 minutes
No. Dancers:  3