Collection Items

  • Manuscript/Mixed Material
    Léon Bakst's color design for a Courtier in The Sleeping Princess, 1921 Costume Design. manuscript | Manuscript (Form).
    • Contributor: Bakst, Léon
  • Article
    Le Festin (suite of dances) Article. Music by Aleksandr Glazunov, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Petr Ilich Tchaikovsky; sets by Konstantin Korovin; costumes by Leon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Ivan Bilibin, Konstantin Korovin; pre-existing choreography by Marius Petipa, with arrangements and new choreography by Michel Fokine, Aleksandr Gorsky, Nikolai Golts, and Feliks Kshessinsky; premiere on 18 May 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [This divertissement, a pastiche of dances from...
    • Contributor: Glazunov, Aleksandr - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Glinka, Mikhail - Mussorgsky, Modest - Tchaikovsky, Petr Ilich - Korovin, Konstantin - Bakst, Leon - Benois, Alexandre - Bilibin, Ivan - Marius Petipa - Kshessinsky, Feliks - Fokine, Michel - Gorsky, Aleksandr - Golts, Nikolai
    • Date: 1909-05-18
  • Article
    Cléopâtre (ballet in one act) Article. Music by Anton Arensky, with additional music by Aleksandr Glazunov, Mikhail Glinka, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Taneyev, Nikolai Tcherepnin; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 2 June 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [Cléopâtre was based on Fokine’s 1908 Une Nuit d’Egypte, which featured three of the Ballets Russes most famous dancers: Anna Pavlova, Ida Rubinstein, and...
    • Contributor: Arensky, Anton - Glazunov, Aleksandr - Tcherepnin, Nikolai - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Glinka, Mikhail - Mussorgsky, Modest - Taneyev, Sergei - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1909-06-02
  • Article
    Judith (act 3) (opera) Article. Music by Alexander Serov; libretto by A. Maykov and others, after the biblical book of Judith; sets by Valentin Serov and Léon Bakst; costumes by Léon Bakst; stage direction by Alexander Sanin; premiere on 7 June 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Serov, Alexander - Maykov, A. - Serov, Valentin - Bakst, Léon - Sanin, Alexander
    • Date: 1909-06-07
  • Article
    Le Carnaval (ballet in one act) Article. Music by Robert Schumann, orchestrated by Anton Arensky, Aleksandr Glazunov, Anatol Liadov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai Tcherepnin; libretto by Léon Bakst and Michel Fokine; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 20 May 1910, Theater des Westens, Berlin.
    • Contributor: Schumann, Robert - Arensky, Anton - Tcherepnin, Nikolai - Glazunov, Aleksandr - Liadov, Anatol - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1910-05-20
  • Article
    Schéhérazade (choroegraphic drama in one act) Article. Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; libretto by Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois and Michel Fokine; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 4 June 1910, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris. With its exotic and colorful décor and cast of harem wives and slaves, Schéhrazade was considered the epitome of Diaghilev’s Orientalism and one of the most popular ballets produced by...
    • Contributor: Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Bakst, Léon - Benois, Alexandre - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1910-06-04
  • Article
    The Firebird (ballet in one act and one tableux) Article. Music by Igor Stravinsky; libretto by Michel Fokine; sets by Aleksandr Golovin, with additional costumes by Léon Bakst; premiere on 25 June 1910, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris. [The work was restaged in 1926 with sets and costumes by Natalia Goncharova.]
    • Contributor: Stravinsky, Igor - Fokine, Michel - Golovin, Aleksandr - Bakst, Léon
    • Date: 1910-06-25
  • Article
    Les Orientales (choreographic divertissement) Article. Music by Anton Arensky, Aleksandr Borodin, Aleksandr Glazunov, Christian Sinding, and Edvard Grieg, with orchestration by Igor Stravinsky; sets by Konstantin Korovin; costumes by Konstantin Korovin and Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 25 June 1910, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris.
    • Contributor: Arensky, Anton - Sinding, Christian - Borodin, Aleksandr - Glazunov, Aleksandr - Grieg, Edvard - Stravinsky, Igor - Korovin, Konstantin - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1910-06-25
  • Article
    La Spectre de la Rose (choreographic tableux) Article. Music by Carl Maria von Weber, orchestrated by Hector Berlioz; libretto by Jean-Louis Vaudoyer, after a poem by Théophile Gautier; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 19 April 1911, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo. This ballet featured only two dancers and Fokine described the intimate stage setting as “a tiny room, the two walls of which meet...
    • Contributor: Weber, Carl Maria Von - Berlioz, Hector - Vaudoyer, Jean-Louis - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1911-04-19
  • Article
    Narcisse (ballet in 1 act) Music by Nikolai Tcherepnin; libretto by Léon Bakst; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 26 April 1911, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo.
    • Contributor: Tcherepnin, Nikolai - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1911-04-26
  • Article
    " Au Royaume sous-Marin," scene 6 from the opera Sadko Article. Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; sets by Boris Anisfeld; costumes by Boris Anisfeld and Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 6 June 1911, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [Adolph Bolm re-choreographed the work for the 1916 American tour with sets and costumes by Natalia Goncharova.]
    • Contributor: Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Anisfeld, Boris - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1911-06-06
  • Article
    Le Dieu Bleu (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Reynaldo Hahn; libretto by Jean Cocteau and Fréderic de Madrazo; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 13 May 1912, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Hahn, Reynaldo - Cocteau, Jean - Madrazo, Fréderic De - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1912-05-13
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    Thamar (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Mily Balakirev; libretto by Léon Bakst, based on a poem by Mikhail Lermontov; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 20 May 1912, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Balakirev, Mily - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1912-05-20
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    L' Après-Midi d'un Faune (choreographic poem) Article. Music by Claude Debussy; libretto based on a poem by Stéphane Mallarmé; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky; premiere on 29 May 1912, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. Nijinsky’s stark and erotic choreography was criticized by the Parisian press as obscene. Dancer and actress Ida Rubinstein agreed to perform the role of the Nymph but, after only one rehearsal, she...
    • Contributor: Debussy, Claude - Bakst, Léon - Nijinsky, Vaslav
    • Date: 1912-05-29
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    Daphnis et Chloë (ballet in 1 act and 3 scenes) Article. Music by Maurice Ravel; libretto by Michel Fokine, after Longus, Les Amours Pastorales de Daphnis et de Chloé; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 8 June 1912, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Ravel, Maurice - Fokine, Michel - Bakst, Léon
    • Date: 1912-06-08
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    Jeux (poem dansé) Article. Music by Claude Debussy; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky; premiere on 15 May 1913, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, the work was performed fewer than ten times.
    • Contributor: Debussy, Claude - Bakst, Léon - Nijinsky, Vaslav
    • Date: 1913-05-15
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    Papillons (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Robert Schumann, orchestrated by Nikolai Tcherepnin; libretto by Michel Fokine; sets by Mstislav Dobujinsky; costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 16 April 1914, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo. [This work was first performed at the Maryinsky Theater in 1912.]
    • Contributor: Schumann, Robert - Tcherepnin, Nikolai - Fokine, Michel - Dobujinsky, Mstislav - Bakst, Léon
    • Date: 1914-04-16
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    Die Josephslegende (also called La Légende de Joseph and Legend of Joseph) (ballet in1 act) Article. Music by Richard Strauss; libretto by Count Harry Kessler and Hugo von Hofmannsthal; sets by José-María Sert; costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 14 May 1914, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris.
    • Contributor: Strauss, Richard - Kessler, Count Harry - Hofmannsthal, Hugo Von - Sert, José-María - Bakst, Léon - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1914-05-14
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    Midas (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Maximilian Steinberg; libretto by Léon Bakst, after Ovid; sets and costumes by Mstislav Dobujinsky; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 2 June 1914, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris.
    • Contributor: Steinberg, Maximilian - Bakst, Léon - Dobujinsky, Mstislav - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1914-06-02
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    Les Femmes de Bonne Humeur (The Good-Humoured Ladies) (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Domenico Scarlatti, orchestrated by Vincenzo Tommasini; libretto after Carlo Goldoni; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; choreography by Léonide Massine; premiere 12 April 1917, Teatro Costanzi, Rome.
    • Contributor: Scarlatti, Domenico - Tommasini, Vincenzo - Goldoni, Carlo - Bakst, Léon - Massine, Léonide
    • Date: 1917-04-12
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    The Gods Go A-Begging (ballet) Article. Music by George Frederic Handel, arranged by Thomas Beecham; libretto by Sobeka [Boris Kochno]; sets by Léon Bakst, from the production of Daphnis and Chloë, produced in 1912; costumes by Juan Gris, from the production of Les Tentations de la Bergère, produced in 1924; choreography by George Balanchine; premiere on 16 July, 1928, His Majesty’s Theatre, London.
    • Contributor: Handel, George Frederic - Beecham, Thomas - Sobeka [Kochno, Boris] - Bakst, Léon - Gris, Juan - Balanchine, George