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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.)

via Online Exhibition – Serge Diaghilev and His World: A Centennial Celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, 1909–1929 | Exhibitions – Library of Congress.

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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.)

via Online Exhibition – Serge Diaghilev and His World: A Centennial Celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, 1909–1929 | Exhibitions – Library of Congress.

 
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