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    Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev The world of ballet changed dramatically when the Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev took Paris by storm at the Théâtre du Châtelet in May of 1909. Armed with ground-breaking choreographic originality and an innovative use of collaborating artists, the Ballets Russes produced some of the most significant ballet masterpieces of the twentieth century, including Les Sylphides, Schéhérazade, Firebird, Petrouchka, L’Après-midi d’un Faune, Parade, Les...
    • Date: 1909

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    Timeline of Ballets Russes - Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev - Digital Collections 1850 Italian dancer, choreographer, and teacher Enrico Cecchetti is born on 21 June in Rome (d.1928). Cecchetti debuted at the Maryinsky Theatre in 1887, where he worked until 1902. Cecchetti joined the Ballets Russes in 1910 as a teacher and administrator, where he remained-except for a brief tour of the United States with Anna Pavlova in 1913-until 1918. While part of the Ballets Russes,...
    • Date: 1850
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    Boris Godunov (opera) Article. Music by Modest Mussorgsky, revised and orchestrated by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; libretto by Modest Mussorgsky, after Aleksandr Pushkin; stage direction: Alexander Sanin; sets by Aleksandr Golovin, Alexandre Benois, and Konstantin Yuon; costumes by Ivan Bilibin, Dmitri Stelletsky, Aleksandr Golovin, Alexandre Benois, Boris Anisfeld, Eugene Lanceray, Stephan Yaremich, and Konstantin Yuon; stage direction by Alexander Sanin; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 19 May 1908,...
    • Contributor: Mussorgsky, Modest - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Sanin, Alexander - Golovin, Aleksandr - Benois, Alexandre - Yuon, Konstantin - Bilibin, Ivan - Yaremich, Stephan - Anisfeld, Boris - Stelletsky, Dmitri - Lanceray, Eugene
    • Date: 1908-05-19
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    Le Pavillon d'Armide (ballet in one act and three tableaux) Article. Music by Nikolai Tcherepnin; libretto by Alexandre Benois (based on Théophile Gautier's Omphale); sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 19 May 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Tcherepnin, Nikolai - Benois, Alexandre - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1909-05-19
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    " Polovtsian Dances" from act 2 of the opera Prince Igor Article. Music by Aleksandr Borodin, completed and partly orchestrated by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Aleksandr Glazunov; sets and costumes by Nikolai Roerich; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 19 May 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [The “Polovtsian Dances” were so successful that the work was performed without singers in later seasons.]
    • Contributor: Borodin, Aleksandr - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Glazunov, Aleksandr - Roerich, Nikolai - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1909-05-19
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    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
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    Ivan the Terrible (The Maid of Pskov) (opera) Article. Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; libretto by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, after Lev Mey; sets by Aleksandr Golovin and Nikolai Roerich; costumes by Dmitri Stelletsky; stage direction by Alexander Sanin; premiere on 24 May 1909, Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris. [The opera was produced again on 8 July 1913, Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London.]
    • Contributor: Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Golovin, Aleksandr - Roerich, Nikolai - Stelletsky, Dmitri - Sanin, Alexander
    • Date: 1909-05-24
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    Ruslan and Ludmilla (act 1) (opera) Article. Music by Mikhail Glinka; libretto by Konstantin Bakhturin, Valerian Shirkov, and others after Pushkin; sets and costumes by Konstantin Korovin; stage direction by Alexander Sanin; premiere on 2 June 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [The opera was first produced in 1842 in Saint Petersburg.]
    • Contributor: Glinka, Mikhail - Bakhturin, Konstantin - Shirkov, Valerian - Korovin, Konstantin - Sanin, Alexander
    • Date: 1909-06-02
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    Les Sylphides (ballet; "Romantic reverie" in one act) Article. Music by Frédéric Chopin, orchestrated by Aleksandr Glazunov, Igor Stravinsky, and Sergei Taneyev; sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 2 June 1909, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [A prior version of the work was produced in 1907 as Chopiniana.]
    • Contributor: Chopin, Frédéric - Glazunov, Aleksandr - Stravinsky, Igor - Taneyev, Sergei - Benois, Alexandre - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1909-06-02
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    Giselle (ballet in 2 acts) Article. Music by Adolphe Adam; libretto by Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Théophile Gautier; sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois; choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa, with revisions by Michel Fokine; premiere on 18 June 1910, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris.
    • Contributor: Adam, Adolphe - Saint-Georges, Vernoy De - Gautier, Théophile - Benois, Alexandre - Coralli, Jean - Perrot, Jules - Petipa, Marius - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1910-06-18
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    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
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    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
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    " 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
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    Petrouchka (ballet in four tableux) Article. Music by Igor Stravinsky; libretto by Igor Stravinsky and Alexandre Benois; sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois; choreography by Michel Fokine; premiere on 13 June 1911, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Stravinsky, Igor - Benois, Alexandre - Fokine, Michel
    • Date: 1911-06-13
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    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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    Le Sacre du Printemps (ballet in 2 acts) Article. Music by Igor Stravinsky; libretto by Igor Stravinsky and Nikolai Roerich; sets and costumes by Nikolai Roerich; choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky; premiere on 29 May 1913, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. [The ballet was restaged with choreography by Léonide Massine in 1920.]
    • Contributor: Stravinsky, Igor - Roerich, Nikolai - Nijinsky, Vaslav
    • Date: 1913-05-29
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    Khovanschina (opera) Article. Music by Modest Mussorgsky, completed and orchestrated by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, with some music orchestrated by Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky; libretto by Modest Mussorgsky and Vladimir Stasov; sets and costumes by Fedor Fedorovsky; choreography by Adolph Bolm; stage direction by Alexander Sanin; premiere on 5 June 1913, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris. [The opera premiered in 1886 in Saint Petersburg.]
    • Contributor: Mussorgsky, Modest - Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai - Ravel, Maurice - Stravinsky, Igor - Stasov, Vladimir - Fedorovsky, Fedor - Bolm, Adolph - Sanin, Alexander
    • Date: 1913-06-05
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    La Tragédie de Salomé (ballet) Article. Music by Florent Schmitt; sets and costumes by Serge Soudeikine; choreography by Boris Romanov; premiere on 12 June 1913, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris.
    • Contributor: Schmitt, Florent - Soudeikine, Serge - Romanov, Boris
    • Date: 1913-06-12