Music: By Jean Sibelius (Valse Triste from incidental music for Kuolema, Op. 44, 1903).
Choreography: By George Balanchine and Lydia Ivanova or Ivanova under Balanchine's supervision.
Production: Costume by Boris Erbshtein.
Premiere: August 15, 1922, resort at Sestroretsk, near Petrograd.
Cast: Lydia Ivanova.
Note: Also performed by Tamara Geva and Alexandra Danilova on the tour of Germany and during the London engagement of the Principal Dancers of the Russian State Ballet in the summer and fall of 1924.
The critic Cherepnin remarked on the work's 'Duncanesque rhythmic plasticity' (Moscow, February 1924). Geva believed elements of the solo 'prefigure' the Sleepwalker in The Night Shadow (La Sonnambula) , especially the following passage, which recalls the Sleepwalker's first entrance: 'I moved forward toward the very edge of the proscenium as though I were blind and were about to go right off into the pit' (Slonimsky, pp. 63, 13). The solo was taught in class at the Vaganova Academy at least as late as 1990.
Reconstruction: 2004, Finnish National Ballet.