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George Balanchine


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
32 minutes

The first ballet George Balanchine made in America, in 1934, Serenade is one of his most famous and cherished works. Seventeen girls form and reform in kaleidoscopic patterns. A girl enters, late. A boy joins her. After she falls to the ground, another boy approaches her, guided by a “Dark Angel,” then leaves her behind, to be carried off to a kind of transfiguration.

Endlessly suggestive though essentially plotless, Serenade is impelled forward by Tchaikovsky’s rushing, deeply affecting score.

Ballet Credits

Choreography by George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust 

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky 

Staged by Miami City Ballet 

Costume Design by Karinska 

Lighting Design by John D. Hall