CARNIVAL
CARNAVAL

PREMIERE
BERLIN, 20 MAY 1910 *

SCENERY & COSTUMES

LÉON BAKST

MUSIC
ROBERT SCHUMANN, ORCHESTRATED BY NIKOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, ANATOL LIADOV, ALEXANDER GLAZUNOV, NICHOLAS TCHEREPNINE

CHOREOGRAPHY
MICHEL FOKINE

* FIRST PRODUCED ST PETERSBURG, 20 FEBRUARY 1910

Serge Diaghilev included Carnival as a dancing interlude, an elegant trifle, to contrast with the splendour of the East in Schéhérazade and the highly decorative Firebird on the same program.

This ballet develops the characters from a suite of piano pieces composed by Robert Schumann - Harlequin, Columbine, Chiarina, Euzebius, Pantaloon, Pierrot and Estrella. In their distinctive costumes, the dancers appeared in front of a simple dark blue curtain edged in gold.