THE BLUE GOD
LE DIEU BLEU

PREMIERE
PARIS, 13 MAY 1912

SCENERY & COSTUMES
LÉON BAKST

MUSIC
REYNALDO HAHN

CHOREOGRAPHY
MICHEL FOKINE

 

This ballet was originally conceived to display the virtuoso dancing of Vaslav Nijinsky as the Blue God, Krishna. However his dancing consisted mostly of a series of poses inspired by Hindu sculpture. Michel Fokine, the choreographer of most of Serge Diaghilev's pre-war repertoire, contrasted the stiff movements of the Blue God with sinuous, swirling, uninhibited movement patterns of the corps de ballet. Their costumes were designed with bare midriffs, which allowed the dancers to bend freely at the waist.

The action of this ballet takes place near the Lotus Temple, where a Hindu youth is about to be consecrated as a priest. His girlfriend tries to stop his consecration and is condemned to death by the High Priest. Her desperate prayers for help are answered by the Blue God and the Goddess, who unite the lovers to live happily ever after.