George Balanchine


Serge Lifar and Alicia Nikitina in La Chatte. Photographed by S. Georges, undated. Howard D. Rothschild Collection. b MS Thr 414.2 (88). Bequest, 1989.

La Chatte

The 1927 ballet La Chatte (The Cat, or more literally, The She-Cat) starred Serge Lifar as the Young Man and Olga Spessivtzeva and Alicia Nikitina in the title role. The ballet was choreo­­graphed by George Balanchine, to a commissioned score by Henri Sauguet. One of the notable features of this ten-minute piece was the design (billed as “archi­tecture and sculpture”) by the avant-garde artists Naum Gabo and Antoine Pevsner.