George Balanchine


Giorgio de Chirico (1888-1978). Le Bal, Scene design, ca. 1929. Watercolor. Howard D. Rothschild Collection. pf MS Thr 414.4 (52). Bequest, 1989.

Le Bal

One of the ballets that premiered late in Diaghilev’s final season, Le Bal was choreographed by George Balanchine to commissioned music by Vittorio Rieti. The striking costumes, décor, and curtain were all designed by the Greek-Italian surrealist artist Giorgio de Chirico. The dancers included Alexandra Danilova (Young Woman), Anton Dolin (Young Man), André Bobrov (Astrologer), George Balanchine, Felia Doubrovska, Serge Lifar, Eugenia Lipkovska, and Léon Woizikowski.