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Michel Fokine and Tamara Karsavina, The Firebird, 1910 (Paris)

Michel Fokine and Tamara Karsavina, The Firebird, 1910 (Paris)
Michel Fokine and Tamara Karsavina in The Firebird, ca. 1910. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00) Digital ID # br0014

Michel Fokine and Tamara Karsavina in The Firebird, ca. 1910. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (014.00.00)
Digital ID # br0014

Stung by criticism from the Paris critics who claimed he produced well-danced ballets with exotic décors and costumes but with no comparable innovative music component, Diaghilev turned to the young composer Igor Stravinsky. The Firebird was Stravinsky’s first commission from the Ballets Russes and proved to be the catalyst that began Stravinsky’s ascent to international acclaim. Considered to be one of Michel Fokine’s best choreographies and one of Diaghilev’s most successful collaborative efforts, The Firebird was a triumph with Paris audiences. (The Firebird: music by Igor Stravinsky; libretto by Michel Fokine; sets and costumes by Aleksandr Golovin, with additional costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on June 25, 1910, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris.)

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Danilova, Budarin Cleopatre 1909 (Egyptian Night)

Danilova, Budarin Cleopatre 1909 (Egyptian Night)

 
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Adolph Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Schererazade, no date

Adolph Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Schererazade, no date
Adolph Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Schéhérazade, no date. Serge Diaghilev/Serge Lifar Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (013.00.00) Digital ID # br0013

Adolph Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Schéhérazade, no date. Serge Diaghilev/Serge Lifar Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (013.00.00)
Digital ID # br0013

With its exotic and colorful décor and cast of harem wives and slaves, Schéhérazade was considered the epitome of Diaghilev’s Orientalism. It became one of the most popular ballets produced by the Ballets Russes and was performed more than five hundred times between 1910 and 1929. The original cast of Schéhérazade included Ida Rubinstein, Vaslav Nijinsky, Enrico Cecchetti, and Bronislava Nijinska. (Schéhérazade: music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; libretto by Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, and Michel Fokine, after the first tale of The Thousand and One Nights; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on June 4, 1910, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris.)

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Serge Diaghilev and Leon Bakst, 1910 (Paris)

Serge Diaghilev and Leon Bakst, 1910 (Paris)

 

Léon Bakst (left) and Serge Diaghilev (center) with unidentified others, ca.1910. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (008.00.00) Digital ID # br0008

Léon Bakst (left) and Serge Diaghilev (center) with unidentified others, ca.1910. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (008.00.00)
Digital ID # br0008

 

Russian scenery and costume designer, Léon Bakst was one of the principal members of Diaghilev’s original circle of artists, writers, and musicians. After the first performance of the Ballets Russes in 1909, Bakst continued to be one of Diaghilev’s primary collaborators. He created the costumes or scenery for nineteen Ballets Russes productions—more than any other artist—including Le Festin, Le Carnaval, Le Spectre de la Rose, L’Après-Midi d’un Faune, Jeux, and The Sleeping Princess.

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Adolphe Bolm as Amoun 1910, Cleopatra

Based on Fokine’s 1908 ballet Une Nuit d’Égypte, the new version, which was retitled Cléopâtre, featured three of the most famous dancers to appear with the Ballets Russes: Anna Pavlova (1881–1931), Ida Rubinstein (1885–1960), and Tamara Karsavina (1885–1978). In later performances Adolph Bolm (1884–1951) danced Fokine’s role of Amoun. The work remained in the repertory of the Ballets Russes until 1929 (Cléopâtre: music by Anton Arensky, with additional music by Aleksandr Glazunov, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Taneyev, and Nikolai Tcherepnin; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on June 2, 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.)

Based on Fokine’s 1908 ballet Une Nuit d’Égypte, the new version, which was retitled Cléopâtre, featured three of the most famous dancers to appear with the Ballets Russes: Anna Pavlova (1881–1931), Ida Rubinstein (1885–1960), and Tamara Karsavina (1885–1978). In later performances Adolph Bolm (1884–1951) danced Fokine’s role of Amoun. The work remained in the repertory of the Ballets Russes until 1929 (Cléopâtre: music by Anton Arensky, with additional music by Aleksandr Glazunov, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Taneyev, and Nikolai Tcherepnin; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on June 2, 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.)

 

Based on Fokine’s 1908 ballet Une Nuit d’Égypte, the new version, which was retitled Cléopâtre, featured three of the most famous dancers to appear with the Ballets Russes: Anna Pavlova (1881–1931), Ida Rubinstein (1885–1960), and Tamara Karsavina (1885–1978). In later performances Adolph Bolm (1884–1951) danced Fokine’s role of Amoun. The work remained in the repertory of the Ballets Russes until 1929 (Cléopâtre: music by Anton Arensky, with additional music by Aleksandr Glazunov, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Taneyev, and Nikolai Tcherepnin; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on June 2, 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.)

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Bronislava Nijinska 1908 Imperial Theater School Graduation

Bronislava Nijinska 1908 Imperial Theater School Graduation
Bronislava Nijinska at her graduation from the Imperial Theater School, 1908. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (029.00.00) Digital ID # br0029

Bronislava Nijinska at her graduation from the Imperial Theater School, 1908. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (029.00.00)
Digital ID # br0029

 

Bronislava Nijinska was one of the most remarkable figures in the development of twentieth-century choreography. Nijinska’s work reflected a pioneering combination of classical ballet and choreographic innovation. She joined the Ballets Russes as a dancer in 1909 and was made a principal dancer the next year. Between 1921 and 1924, Nijinska was ballet mistress and chief choreographer for the Ballets Russes. During her tenure with the company she choreographed nine ballets and numerous operas for Diaghilev.

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