Balanchine in Europe

In 1925, Balanchine leaves Russia for Monte Carlo and joins the Ballets Russes. Under the direction of famed impresario Serge Diaghilev, Balanchine choreographs new works, rehearses the Ballets Russes repertory and dances with the company, which includes Imperial Ballet alumnae Felia Doubrovska and Alexandra Danilova. In 1928, Balanchine begins a lifelong partnership with maverick composer Igor Stravinsky, choreographing Apollon Musagète. The following year, the Ballets Russes premieres Le Fils Prodigue (Prodigal Son), a second masterpiece featuring Serge Lifar and Doubrovska. Both ballets continue to be performed worldwide more than 75 years after their creation.