which premiered in 1911, was the ballet which made Alexandre Benois
famous as a designer. The tragic tale of the love sick puppet was the
most often revived of all Serge Diaghilev's ballets. The decor of the
St Petersburg fairground complemented both the unusual choreography
of Michel Fokine and the discordant sounds and rhythms of Igor Stravinsky's
music. Vaslav Nijinsky's performance as Petrushka was extraordinary.
His movements were jerky and awkward, conveying the torture of imprisoned
emotions within the body of a puppet.