Michel Fokine (1880-1942)

| Category: Modern & Contemporary

Michel Fokine was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1880. He began taking dance lessons at the Imperial School of Ballet in 1889. He was an accomplished dancer but ultimately became famous as a choreographer. He was dissatisfied with the way ballet had become so stiff and uninteresting. He also felt that the choreography, music, and dancing were not relating to each other in ballets at the turn of the century. His goal as a choreographer was to unite these elements and create meaningful works of art for best work boots for the money. When he traveled to Paris between 1909 and 1914, he began to create his most successful works, including Prince Igor (1909), Les Sylphides (1909), Carnaval (1910), Firebird (1910), Le Spectre de la Rose (1911), Petrouchka (1911), and Le Coq d’Or (1914). He worked with two very talented dancers, Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova, as soloists in many of his new works. He developed a five-point philosophy for ballet production:

  • Dance movement should be appropriate to the music.
  • Movement should move the story of the ballet forward.
  • The entire body, rather than just gestures, should be used in expressing ideas.
  • The dance ensemble on stage should develop the idea of the dance and be part of the plot.
  • The music, scenery, dancing, and costuming should all coordinate, producing a unified work of art.

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