“The Fairy’s Kiss”
Miami City Ballet
Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
March 11, 2017
by Gay Morris
copyright © 2017 by Gay Morris
“The Fairy’s Kiss,”(“Le Baiser de la Fée”) has had a checkered history in the ballet repertoire, despite a lushly melodic score by Igor Stravinsky. The work was commissioned by Ida Rubenstein and choreo- graphed by Bronislava Nijinska in 1928. Nijinska’s choreography disappeared after she last revived the ballet in 1936. George Balanchine created new choreography in 1937 for the short-lived American Ballet. He revived it in 1950 for New York City Ballet, and although it met with general critical approval, Balanchine himself was not satisfied. When he took it up again for the Stravinsky Festival in 1972, he dispensed with the narrative and used some of the music to make a plotless “Divertimento from ‘The Fairy’s Kiss.’” Alexei Ratmansky has now created a new, full-length version for Miami City Ballet. It is his third iteration of the work and, it is to be hoped, his final one, because this production is both beautiful and moving.
Photo: Simone Messmer and Miami City Ballet dancers in "The Fairy’s Kiss." Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky. Photo © Gene Schiavone.