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Formal Braid

Tamara Karsavina, as the Firebird in ‘L'Oiseau de Feu’, the Ballet by Michel Fokine (c.1918). Adrian Paul Allinson (English, 1890-1959). Oil on hardboard. V&A.

Karsavina created the role of the Firebird, which was premiered by the Diaghilev Ballets Russes in Paris in 1910 and seen in London in 1912. The painting shows the original Firebird costume designed by Bakst against the Golovine-designed set. This is a rare example of a painting of the Diaghilev Ballet which shows the dancer on stage in the setting and is an important record of how the ballet looked on stage.

// 10:16am - having a very productive morning 💪🏼 been to the doctor + went for a run + finished today’s duolingo sessions for French/Spanish/Swedish ☺️ ~ now hitting up a whole heap of study = TEST IN JUST OVER 24 HOURS! // do your best in every moment, and the future will provide results 💛