In Imperial Ballet’s 1892 program for the Tchaikovsky ballet that opens Act I on Christmas Eve, what is the number of the dance in Act II that is named for a vegetable?

In Imperial Ballet’s 1892 program for the Tchaikovsky ballet that opens Act I on Christmas Eve, what is the number of the dance in Act II that is named for a vegetable?

Answer: 18



It was given its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on Sunday, December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky’s opera Iolanta. Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite that Tchaikovsky extracted from the ballet was.




Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky wrote several works well known among the general classical public—Romeo and Juliet, the 1812 Overture, and his three ballets: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and The Sleeping Beauty.