Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird”: rare photos of the first production

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Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is celebrating its centenary. It premiered on June 25, 1910, on the stage of Paris’ Grand Opera, earning the Russian composer worldwide fame.

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is celebrating its centenary. It premiered on June 25, 1910, on the stage of Paris’ Grand Opera, earning the Russian composer worldwide fame.

 

 

 

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankIgor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is celebrating its centenary. It premiered on June 25, 1910, on the stage of Paris’ Grand Opera, earning the Russian composer worldwide fame.
Photo: Tamara Karsavina, left, and Adolph Bolm starring in the first production of The Firebird.
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Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird is celebrating its centenary. It premiered on June 25, 1910, on the stage of Paris’ Grand Opera, earning the Russian composer worldwide fame.
Photo: Tamara Karsavina, left, and Adolph Bolm starring in the first production of The Firebird.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankThe idea for the ballet was suggested to Stravinsky by Serge Diaghilev.
Photo: Serge Diaghilev, right, and Igor Stravinsky, 1921.

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The idea for the ballet was suggested to Stravinsky by Serge Diaghilev.
Photo: Serge Diaghilev, right, and Igor Stravinsky, 1921.

© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankAlexandre Benois, Alexandre Golovine and Leon Bakst wrote the libretto for The Firebird. Michel Fokine choreographed the first production.
Photo: Michele Fokine and Tamara Karsavina, in the foreground, starring in Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
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Alexandre Benois, Alexandre Golovine and Leon Bakst wrote the libretto for The Firebird. Michel Fokine choreographed the first production.
Photo: Michele Fokine and Tamara Karsavina, in the foreground, starring in Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankThe legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was the first dancer to have been cast for the lead part, but her relations with Diaghilev soon turned sour and she left his troupe. Tamara Karsavina was then chosen as a replacement.
Photo: ballerina Tamara Karsavina dressed as the Firebird.
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The legendary Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova was the first dancer to have been cast for the lead part, but her relations with Diaghilev soon turned sour and she left his troupe. Tamara Karsavina was then chosen as a replacement.
Photo: ballerina Tamara Karsavina dressed as the Firebird.
© RIA Novosti . Ozerskiy / Go to the photo bankFokine highlighted Karsavina’s high leap in his choreography. Her Firebird would cut through the stage like a bolt of lightning, and recalled, in Benois’ words, a “fiery Phoenix.” When the bird turned into a maiden, the ballerina’s movements would take on distinct gentleness. Karsavina’s interpretation of the Firebird helped to make this ballet a landmark.
Photo: Karsavina dancing the title part in Stravinsky’s The Firebird.


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Fokine highlighted Karsavina’s high leap in his choreography. Her Firebird would cut through the stage like a bolt of lightning, and recalled, in Benois’ words, a “fiery Phoenix.” When the bird turned into a maiden, the ballerina’s movements would take on distinct gentleness. Karsavina’s interpretation of the Firebird helped to make this ballet a landmark.
Photo: Karsavina dancing the title part in Stravinsky’s The Firebird.


© Public DomainLeon Bakst also designed costumes for the first production of The Firebird.
Photo: design of a costume for Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, Leon Bakst, 1910
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Leon Bakst also designed costumes for the first production of The Firebird.
Photo: design of a costume for Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird, Leon Bakst, 1910
© RIA Novosti / Go to the photo bankIvan Bilibin took over for Bakst in 1931 as the Michel Fokine production was revived at the Colon Theatre, in Buenos Aires.
Photo: Russian stage designer and book illustrator Ivan Bilibin and the team he worked with on the revived production of The Firebird in Buenos Aires.
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Ivan Bilibin took over for Bakst in 1931 as the Michel Fokine production was revived at the Colon Theatre, in Buenos Aires.
Photo: Russian stage designer and book illustrator Ivan Bilibin and the team he worked with on the revived production of The Firebird in Buenos Aires.
© RIA Novosti . Leon Dubilt / Go to the photo bankMoscow’s Bolshoi Theater turned to Michel Fokine’s legacy in the 1960s. The Firebird with Fokine’s original choreography was revived then and presented on the stage of the Kremlin Palace.
Photo: an episode from the Bolshoi’s version of The Firebird, 1965.

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Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater turned to Michel Fokine’s legacy in the 1960s. The Firebird with Fokine’s original choreography was revived then and presented on the stage of the Kremlin Palace.
Photo: an episode from the Bolshoi’s version of The Firebird, 1965.

© RIA Novosti . Leon Dubilt / Go to the photo bankBolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya appeared in the title part almost half a century after the first production.
Photo: Maya Plisetskaya as the Firebird in Stravinsky’s ballet.
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Bolshoi ballerina Maya Plisetskaya appeared in the title part almost half a century after the first production.
Photo: Maya Plisetskaya as the Firebird in Stravinsky’s ballet.
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