Valse Triste (ballet)

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This article is about Peter Martins' 1985 ballet. For Jean Sibelius's 1903 orchestral piece, see Valse triste (Sibelius).

Valse Triste is a ballet choreographed by Peter Martins when he was balletmaster at the New York City Ballet to Sibelius's eponymous waltz as well as the music called Scene with Cranes from his incidental music for the play Kuolema (Death). The crane is a symbol of death in Finnish literature.[1][2] The premiere took place on May 23, 1985, at the New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, with original lighting by Ronald Bates and current lighting by Mark Stanley.


Winter 2000
Spring 2008


  1. ^ Playbill, New York City Ballet, Saturday, May 10, 2008
  2. ^ Repertory Week, New York City Ballet, Spring season, 2008 repertory, week 2



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