Le baiser de la fée

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Le baiser de la fée
Choreographer Bronislava Nijinska
Music Igor Stravinsky
Premiere November 27, 1928 – Paris
Original ballet company Ballets Russes
Genre Neoclassical ballet
Type classical ballet

Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy's Kiss) is a ballet in one act and four scenes composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1928 and revised in 1950 for George Balanchine and New York City Ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's short story, Iisjomfruen (English: The Ice-Maiden), it is an homage to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, making use of several melodies from his early works. Stravinsky elaborated melodies from early piano pieces and songs by Tchaikovsky. Ida Rubinstein commissioned the work and Bronislava Nijinska choreographed the Paris premiere, which occurred on November 27, 1928,[1] that month being the 35th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's death (November 6, 1893).

Balanchine made a full-length ballet to the music on his American Ballet. The premiere took place April 27, 1937, at the Old Metropolitan Opera House, New York City. The NYCB premiere was November 28, 1950, at City Center of Music and Drama, New York, at which time it was presented under the English translation of the title, The Fairy's Kiss (the original French title has since been restored.)

Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée[edit]

The Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée is a concert suite for orchestra based on music from the ballet. Stravinsky arranged it in 1934 and revised it in 1949. It has four movements:

  • I. Sinfonia
  • II. Danses Suisses
  • III. Scherzo (Au Moulin)
  • IV. Pas de deux

Balanchine created an entirely new work for City Ballet's Stravinsky Festival using excerpts from the concert suite and the original ballet. The premiere took place on June 21, 1972, at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center. In 1974, Balanchine incorporated Tchaikovsky's "None but the Lonely Heart" for a new pas de deux.


American Ballet[edit]

New York City Ballet: Divertimento from Le Baiser de la fée[edit]

Original cast: Stravinsky Festival 1972[edit]

NYCB revivals of Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée[edit]

Winter 1987[edit]
Spring 2005[edit]
Winter 2006[edit]
Spring 2008[edit]


  1. ^ IMSLP: List of works by Igor Stravinsky; Retrieved 6 April 2013



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