Ballet in Three Scenes



Serge Prokofiev
"Le Fils prodigue"
Op. 46, 1928-29

commissioned by Serge Diaghilev

  Boris Kochno
after the biblical parable
  George Balanchine
  Georges Rouault

35 min.


Ballets Russes, Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt
Paris, May 21, 1929


Original Cast    
The Prodigal Son
  Serge Lifar
The Father
  Michael Fedorov
The Siren
  Felia Doubrovska
The Sisters
  Eleonora Marra
Nathalie Branitzka
Two Friends
  Léon Woizikowsky
Anton Dolin


Premiere in Hamburg
The Hamburg Ballet, Hamburg, June 28, 2009


Original Cast    
The Prodigal Son
  Alexandr Trusch
The Father
  Edvin Revazov
The Siren
  Hélène Bouchet
The Sisters
  Odette Borchert
Mariana Zanotto
Two Friends
  Peter Dingle
Dario Franconi


After the death of Diaghilev and the disbanding of his Ballets Russes, the Balanchine choreography for "Le Fils Prodigue" was not seen until it was revived for the New York City Ballet in 1950 as "Prodigal Son".



1. The Prodigal Son leaves the paternal home, accompanied by his two confidants.

2 .The Prodigal Son meets his friends and takes part in their festival.
3. Entry and dance of the Siren, which takes place beside the Prodigal Son.
4. The Confidants of the Prodigal Son entertain the guests.
5. The Prodigal Son dances with the Siren.
6. The Siren and the Friends of the Prodigal Son force him to drink.
7. The Confidants, the Friends, and the Siren strip the sleeping Prodigal Son and take flight.
8. The awakening and lamentations of the Prodigal Son.
9. Promenade of the Siren, the Confidants, and the Friends of the Prodigal Son, laden with their spoils.

10. Return of the repentant Prodigal Son to the paternal home.



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