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NYCB Vol 2. No. 6 - La Valse

Updated: Apr 4

The original principal couple in Balanchine’s La Valse (1951) was Tanaquil LeClercq and Nicholas Magallanes. The day after the premiere John Martin wrote: “There can be no doubt that the New York City Ballet has a hit on its hands […] Nor can there be any doubt that George Balanchine is an artist of enormous resources and unimpeachable integrity.”

I particularly liked this line from the New York Times review which shed some light on the undertones of this ballet for me: “There is in the choreography from beginning to end the odor of sweet decay” -

Tanny and Nicholas Magallanes perform La Valse at Jacob’s Pillow in 1951. Photo by John Lindquist


Video clips of Tanny and Nicholas performing excerpts at Jacob’s Pillow. This performance took place 6 months after the premiere in NYC. The footage is silent and piano accompaniment was added by Dianne Children in 1994 through @nypl_lpa @jeromerobbinsdancedivision


Check out the La Valse ornament in the shop:

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