Composing for elephants

Igor Stravinsky’s Circus Polka: For a Young Elephant to be performed by young elephants (a collaboration with American choreographer George Balanchine.

It ended up being performed by older elephants – the main star being Big Modoc (41 years of age). Each elephant wore a join pink tutu.

Source: Dixon, Gavin “Igor Stravinsky’s pachyderm polka”, Classic FM, December 2010, p.106.