SLEEPING PRINCESS

PREMIERE
LONDON, 2 NOVEMBER 1921 *

SCENERY & COSTUMES

LÉON BAKST

MUSIC
PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY, PARTLY REORCHESTRATED BY IGOR STRAVINSKY

CHOREOGRAPHY
NICHOLAS SERGEYEV AFTER MARIUS PETIPA, BRONISLAVA NIJINSKA

* Revival of Marius Petipa's Sleeping Beauty, St Petersburg, 1890

In 1921 Serge Diaghilev produced his first full-length three-act ballet, The Sleeping Princess, a revival of the 19th-century classic, The Sleeping Beauty. No expense was spared and Bakst designed hundreds of opulently detailed costumes in strong jewel-like colours. Diaghilev's attempt to revive the grand traditions of Russia's Imperial Ballet, however, was not popular and almost bankrupted his company. Thereafter he returned to the programs of short, one-act ballets that he had been producing since 1909.