Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky (original music for the pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake)
Choreography by George Balanchine
Costumes by Barbara Karinska
World Premiere: New York City Ballet, City Center 55 Street Theater, New York, 3/29/60
Original Cast: Violette Verdy, Conrad Ludlow
ABT Premiere: The public square, Festival, Santander, Spain, 8/11/70
Cast: Mimi Paul, Bruce Marks
The music for this pas de deux was originally intended for the pas de deux in Act III of Swan Lake. Because it was not published with the rest of the score, it remained unknown to Petipa and Ivanov when they were preparing to stage the St. Petersburg version. They substituted music from Act I which became the famous "Black Swan Pas de Deux." The music lay unnoticed in the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin until it was discovered by the efforts of the Tchaikovsky Foundation of New York.
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, a Balanchine® Ballet, is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust.