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    Related Resources Collection Description (Performing Arts Encyclopedia) collection description Performing Arts Encyclopedia special presentation: Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev at the Library of Congress Library of Congress online exhibition: Serge Diaghilev and His World: A Centennial Celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, 1909–1929 Nijinska, Bronislava. Bronislava Nijinska: Early Memoirs / translated and edited by Irina Nijinska and Jean Rawlinson ; with an introd. and in consultation with...
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    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
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    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
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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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    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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    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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    Till Eulenspiegel (ballet) Article. Music by Richard Strauss; libretto by Vaslav Nijinsky, after Charles de Costersets and costumes by Robert Edmond Jones; choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky; premiere on 23 October 1916, Manhattan Opera House, New York.
    • Contributor: Strauss, Richard - Nijinsky, Vaslav - Jones, Robert Edmond
    • Date: 1916-10-23
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    The Sleeping Princess (ballet in 4 acts) Article. Music by Petr Ilich Tchaikovsky, partly re-orchestrated by Igor Stravinsky; sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; original choreography by Marius Petipa, with additional dances by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 2 November 1921, Alhambra Theatre, London. [This full-length ballet was a revival of Sleeping Beauty, which was first performed at the Maryinsky Theater in 1890.]
    • Contributor: Tchaikovsky, Petr Ilich - Stravinsky, Igor - Benois, Alexandre - Petipa, Marius - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1921-11-02
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    Aurora's Wedding (Le Mariage de la Belle au Bois Dormant) (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Petr Ilich Tchaikovsky, partly re-orchestrated by Igor Stravinsky; sets by Alexandre Benois; costumes by Alexandre Benois, with additional costumes for the fairy tales by Natalia Goncharova; choreography by Marius Petipa, staged and with additional dances by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 18 May 1922, Théâtre National de l’Opéra, Paris. [Alexandre Benois’s sets and costumes were originally created for the 1909 production of...
    • Contributor: Tchaikovsky, Petr Ilich - Stravinsky, Igor - Benois, Alexandre - Goncharova, Natalia - Petipa, Marius - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1922-05-18
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    Mavra (opera) Article. Music by Igor Stravinsky; libretto by Boris Kochno, after Aleksandr Pushkin; sets and costumes by Léopold Survage; stage direction and choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 3 June 1922, Théatre National de L’Opéra, Paris.
    • Contributor: Stravinsky, Igor - Kochno, Boris - Survage, Léopold - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1922-06-03
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    Les Noces (ballet in 4 scenes) Article. Music by Igor Stravinsky; sets and costumes by Natalia Goncharova; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 13 June 1923, Théâtre de la Gaîté-Lyrique, Paris.
    • Contributor: Stravinsky, Igor - Goncharova, Natalia - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1923-06-13
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    Le Médecin Malgré Lui (opera) Article. Music by Charles Gounod, with new recitatives by Erik Satie; libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, after Molière; sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; stage direction by Alexandre Benois; premiere on 5 January 1924, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo. [The opera was first produced in 1858 in Paris.]
    • Contributor: Gounod, Charles - Satie, Erik - Barbier, Jules - Carré, Michel - Benois, Alexandre - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1924-01-05
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    Les Tentations de la Bergère, ou l'Amour Vainqueur (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Michel de Montéclair, arranged and orchestrated by Henri Casadesus; sets, costumes, and curtain by Juan Gris; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 3 January 1924, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo. Unlike similar ballets, produced by Diaghilev that used commissioned scores, the composer for this ballet lived between 1667 and 1737.
    • Contributor: Montéclair, Michel De - Casadesus, Henri - Gris, Juan - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1924-01-03
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    Les Biches (ballet in 1 act with a song) Article. Music by Francis Poulenc; sets, costumes, and curtain by Marie Laurencin; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 6 January 1924, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo.
    • Contributor: Poulenc, Francis - Laurencin, Marie - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1924-01-06
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    Les Fâcheux (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by George Auric; libretto by Boris Kochno, after Molière; sets, costumes, and curtain by Georges Braque; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 19 January 1924, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo.
    • Contributor: Auric, George - Kochno, Boris - Braque, Georges - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1924-01-19
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    La Nuit sur le Mont Chauve (Night on Bare Mountain) (choreographic tableux) Article. Music by Modest Mussorgsky; sets and costumes by Natalia Goncharova; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 6 April 1924, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo.
    • Contributor: Mussorgsky, Modest - Goncharova, Natalia - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1924-04-06
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    Le Train Bleu (ballet in 1 act) Article. Music by Darius Milhaud; libretto by Jean Cocteau; sets by Henri Laurens; costumes by Gabrielle (“Coco”) Chanel; curtain by Pablo Picasso; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 20 June 1924, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris.
    • Contributor: Milhaud, Darius - Cocteau, Jean - Laurens, Henri - Chanel, Gabrielle [Coco] - Picasso, Pablo - Nijinska, Bronislava
    • Date: 1924-06-20
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    Romeo and Juliet (ballet in 2 parts) Article. Music by Constant Lambert; sets and costumes by Max Ernst and Joan Miró; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska, with an entr’acte by George Balanchine; premiere on 4 May 1926, Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, Monte Carlo
    • Contributor: Lambert, Constant - Ernst, Max - Miró, Joan - Nijinska, Bronislava - Balanchine, George
    • Date: 1926-05-04