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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Divertimento No. 15 in B-flat major, K. 287; second minuet [fifth movement] and andante from sixth movement omitted; new cadenza for violin and viola by John Colman added late 1960s)
George Balanchine
Scenery by James Stewart Morcom (from Symphonie Concertante [241]). Costumes by Karinska. Lighting by Jean Rosenthal
May 31, 1956, Mozart Festival, American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford, Connecticut. Danced by members of the New York City Ballet. Musical Director: Erich Leinsdorf. Conductor: Hugo Fiorato. (First New York City Ballet performance December 19, City Center of Music and Drama, New York. Conductor: Leon Barzin.)
ALLEGRO: Diana Adams, Melissa Hayden, Allegra Kent, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Patricia Wilde, Herbert Bliss, Nicholas Magallanes, Roy Tobias, 8 women;
MINUET: 8 women;
ANDANTE: 8 principals;
FINALE: Entire cast
Performance Type
See Also
Video Archives Recording
The George Balanchine Foundation Interpreters Archive Variations 2016, 2017
The ballet has basically the same choreography as Caracole and was initially presented with that title. It was retitled Divertimento No. 15 at the first New York performance.
Additional Productions
Late 1960s, New York City Ballet: Choreography to new cadenza by John Colman added at end of ANDANTE section; VARIATIONS and ANDANTE reworked with minor changes for different casts.
New Productions by Balanchine Companies
New York City Ballet: 1966, new scenery and lighting by David Hays (scenery executed by Nolan Brothers), new costumes by Karinska; from mid-1970s, performed without scenery

1959   Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna)
1969   Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna)
1970   Ballett der Bayerischen Staatsoper (Munich)
1971   Ballett der Buhnen Stadt Koln (Cologne)
1971   Grand Theatre de Geneve (Geneva, Switzerland)
1971   Ballet der Hamburgischen Staatsoper (Hamburg, West Germany)
1971   Dutch National Ballet
1975   Ballett der Bayerischen Staatsoper (Munich)
1975   Ballett der Stadtischen Buhnen (Frankfurt)
1977   Dance Theatre of Harlem
1977   Pacific Northwest Ballet
1978   Chicago Lyric Opera
1978   Paris Opera Ballet
1978   Pennsylvania Ballet
1979   Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
1979   Royal Danish Ballet
1980   San Francisco Ballet
1981   Ballett der Bayerischen Staatsoper (Munich)
1981   San Francisco Ballet
1987   Miami City Ballet
1989   Birmingham Royal Ballet/Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet
1989   Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
1989   Miami City Ballet
1990   Ballet West
1990   Texas Ballet (formerly Fort Worth Dallas Ballet)
1990   Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna)
1991   BalletMet (Columbus, Ohio)
1991   Finnish National Ballet
1991   Pacific Northwest Ballet
1991   Paris Opera Ballet
1991   Pennsylvania Ballet
1992   Miami City Ballet
1992   Texas Ballet (formerly Fort Worth Dallas Ballet)
1993   National Ballet of Canada
1993   Pacific Northwest Ballet
1995   Ballett der Bayerischen Staatsoper (Munich)
1995   Ballet of National Theatre Prague
1995   Texas Ballet (formerly Fort Worth Dallas Ballet
1995   Zurich Ballet (Ballett des Opernhauses Zurich)
1996   Atlanta Ballet
1996   Pacific Northwest Ballet
1996   Washington Ballet
1997   Les Grands Ballets Canadiens
1997   Miami City Ballet
1997   Pennsylvania Ballet
1997   Texas Ballet (formerly Fort Worth Dallas Ballet)
1998   Cincinnati Ballet
1998   Fundacao Municipal do Rio de Janeiro
1998   Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
1998   Teatro Comunale (Florence, Italy)
1999   Alabama Ballet/Ballet South
1999   Boston Ballet
1999   Kansas City Ballet
2000   John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2002   Alberta Ballet
2002   Ballet Arizona
2002   Pacific Northwest Ballet
2003   Ballet Arlington
2003   Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
2003   Suzanne Farrell Ballet
2004   Boston Ballet
2004   North Carolina Dance Theatre
2004   Pacific Northwest Ballet
2005   American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
2005   Teatro Colon
2005   Suzanne Farrell Ballet
2006   Alberta Ballet
2006   Ballet Arizona
2006   Carolina Ballet
2006   Finnish National Ballet
2006   Oregon Ballet Theatre
2007   City Ballet of San Diego
2007   Royal Ballet of Flanders
2007   San Francisco Ballet
2008   Sarasota Ballet of Florida
2010   Miami City Ballet
2010   Ballet Arizona
2011   Boston Ballet
2012   Alberta Ballet
2012   San Francisco Ballet
2012   Singapore Dance Theatre
2012   Suzanne Farrell Ballet
2014   Ballet Chicago
2014   Ballet West
2016   Ballet Arizona
2017   Los Angeles Ballet
2017   Miami City Ballet
2018   Louisville Ballet
2018   Pittsbugh Ballet Theatre
2018   Royal New Zealand Ballet
2018   San Francisco Ballet
2022   Ballet Idaho
2022   Philadelphia Ballet (formerly PA Ballet)

Recorded Performances
1995, Nonesuch, The Balanchine Library: Choreography by Balanchine (ANDANTE [1977])

1961 (CBC [Montreal] L’Heure du Concert)
1977 Andante (PBS, Dance in America)

Source Notes

Additional music information provided by Balanchine, Robert Irving; additional revisions information provided by Arlene Croce, Rosemary Dunleavy, Suki Schorer. Identical choreography of Caracole and Divertimento No. 15 affirmed by Diana Adams, Tanaquil Le Clercq, Jerome Robbins, Maria Tallchief.