Collection Items

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    Le Pavillon d'Armide (ballet in one act and three tableaux) Article. Bronislava Nijinska was attending a rehearsal of Le Pavillon d'Armide in November 1908 when she first set eyes on Serge Diaghilev. "He was an imposing figure: tall, rather heavy, impeccably dressed, carrying a walking cane and holding his hat in his left hand….The expression on his face was at once menacing and attractive—like a bulldog's, initially discouraging all friendly overtures. Looking at him,...
    • 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. According to Bronislava Nijinska, dancer Adolph Bolm created the role of the Chief Warrior, “with such intense artistic force…that he has remained forever unsurpassed in it.”
    • 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. Bronislava Nijinska remembered the “Grand Pas Classique Hongrois,” from the ballet Raymonda, which concluded the premiere performance of Le Festin. “The triumphant furor at the end of the performance was so great, there are not adequate words to describe the enthusiasm of the audience.”
    • 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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    Ruslan and Ludmilla (act 1) (opera) Article. NOTE: there are no documents in the collections pertaining to this.
    • 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. NOTE: there are no documents in the collections pertaining to this.
    • Contributor: Serov, Alexander - Maykov, A. - Serov, Valentin - Bakst, Léon - Sanin, Alexander
    • Date: 1909-06-07
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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. Nijinska also discusses her brother Vaslav Nijinsky’s performance at the end of the work: “With an agonizing pain and sadness in his eyes, he extends a trembling arm in farewell to the crowd, knowing that only they, the gray, common, Russian crowd, love and understand Petrouchka. The heavy wooden head hangs to one side, and the tragic eyes stare out of the grotesque,...
    • 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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    Contes Russes (Children's Tales) (suite of dances) Article. Music by Anatoly Liadov; libretto by Léonide Massine; sets and curtain by Mikhail Larionov; costumes by Michel Larionov and Natalia Goncharova; choreography by Léonide Massine; premiere on 11 May 1917, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. [This ballet was performed in four parts. “Kikimora,” which was first produced as a separate work in 1916; “Bova Korolevitch and the Swan Princess”; “Baba Yaga”; and “Kolinda-Maleda.” Two...
    • Contributor: Liadov, Anatoly - Massine, Léonide - Larionov, Mikhail - Goncharova, Natalia
    • Date: 1917-05-11
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    Parade (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Erik Satie; libretto by Jean Cocteau; sets, costumes, and curtain by Pablo Picasso; choreography by Léonide Massine; premiere on 18 May 1917, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris.
    • Contributor: Satie, Erik - Cocteau, Jean - Picasso, Pablo - Massine, Léonide
    • Date: 1917-05-18