NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Music Piano Concerto No. 2 in G, Op. 44 (1879-80) by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky Choreography George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust Premiere May 29, 1941, as Ballet Imperial by American Ballet Caravan, Teatro Municipal, Rio de Janeiro Original Cast Marie-Jeanne, Gisella Caccialanza, William Dollar, Fred Danieli, Nicholas Magallanes Staged for NYCB by Frederic Franklin, October 15, 1964, as Ballet Imperial, New York State Theater
Balanchine described the ballet as "a contemporary tribute to Petipa, 'the father of the classical ballet,' and to Tschaikovsky, his greatest composer." It has no story, but conveys the spirit and grandeur of imperial St. Petersburg. All prints are flush mounted on a substrate of styrene board known for its smooth surface and archival qualities.