Schéhérazade

SchéhérazadeChoreography: Michel Fokine.
Music: Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov.
Plot: Michel Fokine and Léon Bakst (after the first story of Thousand and one nights).
Sets and costumes: Léon Bakst.

Premiere: on June 4, 1910, in Paris (Opéra Garnier), by the Ballets Russes.
Dancers at the premiere: Ida Rubinstein, Vaslaw Nijinsky, Enrico Cecchetti.

Sheherazade, is a symphonic suite composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888. Based on The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, sometimes known as The Arabian Nights, this orchestral work combines two features common to Russian music and of Rimsky-Korsakov, in particular: dazzling, colorful orchestration and an interest in the East, which figured greatly in the history of Imperial Russia, as well as orientalism in general. It is considered Rimsky-Korsakov's most popular work.

The ballet adaptation of Sheherazade premiered on June 4, 1910, at the Opéra Garnier in Paris by the Ballets Russes. The choreography for the ballet was by Michel Fokine and the libretto was from Fokine and Léon Bakst, who also designed sets and costumes. The widow of Rimsky-Korsakov protested what she saw as the disarrangement of her husband's music in this choreographic drama.