Colorado Ballet

Apollo

Apollo

Choreographer: George Balanchine
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Years performed: 1995

Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Apollon Musagète
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Premiere: 1928
Average Length: 30 minutes
Number of dancers:  4 (7 dancers when performed with the birth.)

About Apollo (courtesy of The Balanchine Trust):

Balanchine regarded Apollo as his artistic coming of age. He said that through the creation of this work, he learned he could “dare not use all my ideas, that I too, could eliminate. . . to the one possibility that is inevitable.” The ballet depicts Apollo, the young god of music, who is visited and instructed by three Muses, who were also children of Zeus and thus his half-sisters: Calliope, Muse of poetry, whose symbol is a tablet; Polyhymnia, Muse of mime, whose symbol is a mask that represents the power of gesture; and Terpsichore, Muse of dance and song, whose symbol is a lyre. Stravinsky, who possessed a strong interest in Greek mythology, conceived of and composed the score as a ballet. It was with this work, his second ballet set to the music of Stravinsky, that Balanchine, at age 24, achieved international recognition and began his lifelong partnership with the composer.


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