Photograph of Vaslav Nijinsky in Pavillon d'Armide, 1909, no photographer. Music Div., Library of Congress.
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.
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, I felt that it would not be easy to become friends with Sergei Pavlovitch [Serge Diaghilev]."