Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Toshiro Mayuzumi, scenery and lighting by David Hays, and costumes by Barbara Karinska. Premiered 20 Mar. 1963 by New York City Ballet, City Center, New York, with Kent and Villella. The ballet, in three parts, enacts the ritualistic coupling of its leading dancers and was inspired by Japanese court dancers, whom Balanchine had seen in New York. Later performed by Dance Theatre of Harlem (1975) and Royal Ballet, Covent Garden (1988).