On June 25, 1910, the Grand Opera in Paris hosted a major premiere – part of the Ballets Russes private theater company by the famous promoter Sergei Diaghilev. The “Firebird” single-phase ballet show with Igor Stravinsky’s music took to the stage. It became the first exclusive creation by Diaghilev’s team. The lead roles were performed by Michel Fokine and the Prima Ballerina of the Ballets Russes – Tamara Karsavina.
The show’s stage life has also endured. The “Firebird” has been popular with many choreographers, including Maurice Bejart, who brought the show first to Stockholm and then to Paris. In 1945, the show rocked New York – courtesy of choreographer Leonid Myasin and the famous painter Marc Chagall. In 1949, the same fairytale was reimagined by the founding father of American ballet, George Balanchine, on the same stage. The “Firebird” remains part of the New York City Ballet’s repertoire to this day.