Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. It is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America and is one of the signature works of New York City Ballet’s repertory. The ballet is performed by 28 dancers in blue costumes before a blue background.
After its initial presentation, Serenade was
reworked several times. In its present form there are four movements--
“Sonatina”, “Waltz”, “Russian Dance”,
and “Elegy”. The last two movements reverse the order
of Tschaikovsky’s score, ending the ballet on a note of sadness.
Serenade for Strings in C, Op.48(1880) by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Choreography by George Balanchine
Master: Ben Huys
Russian Girl: FAN Xiaofeng
Waltz Girl: YU Xiaowei
Angel Girl: CHEN Yan
Waltz Boy: SUN Shenyi
Elegy Boy: JIANG Yong
Russian Girls: ZHENG Lan, XI Xiaobei, WANG Yanan,
Corps de Ballet: Shanghai Ballet