Le Pavillon D'armide

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Fokine, libretto and designs by Benois, and music by N. Tcherepnin. Premiered 25 Nov. 1907 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, with Pavlova, Gerdt, and Nijinsky. Based on a story by Gautier, the ballet tells of the Vicomte de Beaugency who seeks refuge in a mysterious pavilion during a storm. He becomes transfixed by a tapestry portraying the beautiful Armide and dreams that he falls in love with her. In the morning he returns to his senses, only to discover that he is holding Armide's scarf in his hand. Fokine originally created the work for the St Petersburg Imperial Ballet Academy graduation performance in 1907 and expanded it for the Mariinsky company. Diaghilev presented it on his first night at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on 19 May 1909 (with Karalli, Nijinsky, and Mordkin), to great success. A reconstructed version was staged by Dolgushin in 2007.

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