Michel Fokine

Dancer and Choreographer, most notably for Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. He created L'Oiseau de Feu, Petrouchka and Scheherazade.

“ Dancing should be interpretation. It should not degenerate into mere gymnastics. The dance should explain the spirit of the actors in the spectacle.”

Julie Kent in Michel Fokine’s Les Sylphides. Photo:Marty Sohl. 2004. American Ballet Theatre’s Opening Night Gala at City Center.

Saluted the Company’s heritage with a special tribute to legendary choreographer Michel Fokine. In tribute to one of ABT’s founding choreographers, the Company performed two works by Fokine, Le Spectre de la Rose (Revival Premiere) and the Nocturne from Les Sylphides.

Vaslav Nijinsky in costume for the “Danse siamoise,“ a solo in Mikhail Fokine’s ballet Les Orientales
Eugène Druet (French; 1868–1917)
Gelatin silver print
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dance Division