Le baiser de la fée

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Le Baiser de la fée
ChoreographerBronislava Nijinska
MusicIgor Stravinsky
Premiere27 November 1928
Original ballet companyBallets Russes
GenreNeoclassical ballet
Typeclassical 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 the New York City Ballet. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's short story Isjomfruen (English: The Ice-Maiden), the work is an homage to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, for the 35th anniversary of the composer's death. Stravinsky elaborated several melodies from early piano pieces and songs by Tchaikovsky in his score. A commission by Ida Rubinstein from 1927, the ballet was choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska and premiered in Paris on 27 November 1928.[1]

In 1937, Balanchine made a full-length ballet for his American Ballet, which premiered on 27 April, at the Old Metropolitan Opera House, New York City. His 1950 version premiered on 28 November, 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).

In 1960 Kenneth MacMillan choreographed his own version for The Royal Ballet.

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 collaboration with Samuel Dushkin in 1934 and revised it in 1949. It has four movements:

  1. Sinfonia
  2. Danses suisses
  3. Scherzo (Au moulin)
  4. Pas de deux
    1. Adagio
    2. Variation
    3. Coda

In 1932 Samuel Dushkin and the composer produced a version for violin and piano, using the same title. Another episode from the ballet was arranged for violin and piano by Dushkin with the title Ballad. However, the latter only received the composer’s assent in 1947 after the French violinist Jeanne Gautier put forward an arrangement.

Balanchine created an entirely new work for the City Ballet's Stravinsky Festival, using excerpts from the concert suite and the original ballet. The premiere took place on 21 June 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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