"Apollo" by Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine

Apollo (originally Apollon musagète and variously known as Apollo musagetes, Apolo Musageta, and Apollo, Leader of the Muses) is a ballet in two tableaux composed between 1927 and 1928 by Igor Stravinsky. It was choreographed in 1928 by balletmaster George Balanchine, with the composer contributing the libretto.


The story centres around Apollo, the Greek god of music, who is visited by three muses: Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, muse of poetry. The ballet plainly takes Classical antiquity as its subject, though its plot suggests a contemporary situation. It is concerned with the reinvention of tradition, since its inspiration is "classique", or even post-baroque; nevertheless, it uses a simplified orchestra, with only 34 string instruments.


  • Apollo
  • Terpsichore
  • Polyhymnia
  • Calliope
  • Leto
  • Handmaidens

Production History

Date Venue Company
Dec 26, 1974 Uris Theatre
1937 American Ballet
1931 Royal Danish Ballet
Jun 12, 1928 Théâtre Sarah Bernhardt Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
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