George Balanchine created Stars And Stripes in 1958 to the marching band music of John Philip Sousa. The ballet evokes Fourth of July parades and it’s is one of several of Balanchine salutes to his adoptive country.
The original choreography was performed in 5 acts (campaigns). It lasts an average of 28 minutes. In this video version of 1993 filmed at the New York State Theater are performed the last two parts, a pas de deux (Liberty Bell and El Capitain ) and the coda (All Regiments).
STARS AND STRIPES- George Balanchine (New York City Ballet)