NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Music Firebird Suite for Orchestra (1945), from Firebird (1910) by Igor Stravinsky Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust and The Robbins Rights Trust Premiere November 27, 1949, NYCB, City Center of Music and Drama Original Cast Maria Tallchief, Francisco Moncion, Pat McBride, Edward Bigelow
Balanchine's Firebird was one of the choreographer's first creations for the young NYCB. The story, the choreography, the sets, and the music all integrated many brilliantly colored elements from Russian folklore. At Balanchine's invitation, in 1970, the artist Marc Chagall came to supervise the construction of new sets and costumes based on his designs for a new production. All prints are flush mounted on a substrate of styrene board known for its smooth surface and archival qualities.