(orig. Le Palais de cristal)
Ballet in one act with choreography by Balanchine, music by Bizet, and design by L. Fini. Premiered 28 Jul. 1947 by Paris Opera with Darsonval, Toumanova, Bardin, Kalioujny, Ritz, Renault, and Bozzoni. It was created as a showcase for the talent of the whole company. A different ‘team’ of dancers (corps, two demi-soloist couples, and a principal couple) dance each of the first three movements, with a fourth ‘team’ initiating the final movement before being joined by the whole cast on stage. Balanchine re-staged it a year later for New York City Ballet as Symphony in C and it has subsequently been revived for companies all round the world, including Royal Danish Ballet (1953), Dutch National Ballet (1962), Berlin Opera Ballet (1969), Stuttgart Ballet (1976), Royal Ballet (1991), and the Kirov in 1996.