A Timeline of the Ballet Russes
- March 31 Sergei Diaghilev is born near Novgorod. Misia Sert is born in St. Petersburg.
- March 12
- Vaslav Nijinsky is born in Kiev, Ukraine
- Diaghilev makes his first trip to Western Europe
- Diaghilev presents his first exhibition of Russian art at the Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, in Paris. It tours to Berlin.
- May 19
- Boris Gudonov, directed by Alexander Sanin, featuring the chorus of the Bolshoi, andproduced by Diaghilev, premieres at the Paris Opera Ballet. It is the first time it has been produced outside of Russia.
- Diaghilev presents his first Saison Russe of ballet and opera at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris. The season is a success.
- Siblings Vaslav Nijinsky and Bronislava Nijinska leave the Imperial Ballet (also known as the Mariinsky Ballet) in St. Petersburg to join the Ballets Russes as dancers.
- June 4
- Schéhérazade premieres at the Opéra Garnier in Paris with music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and choreography by Michel Fokine.
- June 25th
- Firebird (L’Oiseau de Feu) premieres in Paris with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Michel Fokine.
- April 19
- Le Spectre de la rose, with music by Carl Maria von Weber and choreography by Fokine,premieres in Montecarlo. It starred Nijinsky as the Rose and Tamara Karsavina as the Young Girl.
- June 13
- Petrushka premieres at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Fokine. It stars Nijinsky as Petrushkaand Tamara Karsavina as the Ballerina.
- May 29
- The Afternoon of a Faun (L’Après midi d’un faune) premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, with music by Claude Debussy and choreography by Nijinsky. Its overt depiction of erotic jouissance on stage sparked controversy.
- May 15
- Jeux premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, with music by Claude Debussy andchoreography by Nijinsky.
- May 29
- Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), composed by Stravinsky and choreographed by Nijinsky premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, causing a near-riot in the audience.
- The company tours South America, while Diaghilev remains in Europe to handle business matters and to avoid having to take a boat, as he was extremely fearful of water.
- During the tour, Nijinsky, at the time of lover-protégé of Diaghilev, marries dancerRomola de Pulszky. Upon hearing news of their nuptials, Diaghilev dismisses Nijinsky from thecompany.
- May 14
- The Legend of Joseph premieres at the Paris Opera, with a score by Richard Strauss and choreography by Léonide Massine, replacing Nijinsky after his fall from grace.
- Following the outbreak of WWI, Nijinsky, who had settled inBudapest with his wife, is declared an enemy Russian citizen and is placed under house arrest. Diaghilev begins a complex series of negotiations in October so that the dancer can rejoin the company.
- The company tours the United States and Spain. Nijinsky joins the tour in New York on April 4
- May 18
- Parade premieres on at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, with music by Erik Satie, set and costume design by Pablo Picasso, and choreography by Massine. It is part of the only season to be performed in France during the war.
- Nijinsky begins to experience severe symptoms ofschizophrenia. The disease will plague him for the remainder of his life, which will spent largely in and out of psychiatric institutions.
- The company performs extensively in Britain.
- July 22
- The Three-cornered Hat (Le Tricorne) premieres at the Alhambra Theatre in London,with music by Manuel de Falla, choreography by Massine, and sets and costumes by Picasso.
- Massine leaves the company.
- In February, the company goes bankrupt and temporarily disbands, reuniting later that year in Monte Carlo.
- June 13
- Les noces premieres at the Théâtre de la Gaîté in Paris, with music by Stravinsky and choreography by Nijinska.
- June 20
- Le train bleu premieres at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées to music by Darius Milhaud, with choreography by Nijinska,costumes by Coco Chanel, and scenic design based on a painting by Picasso.
- George Balanchine joins the Ballets Russes.
- April 27
- Apollon Musagète, commissioned by the Library of Congress, premieres in Washington, D.C. It is choreographed by Adolph Bolm, who also danced the part of Apollo.
- June 12
- Apollon Musagète premieres at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt (now the Théâtre de la Ville) in Paris, with new choreography by George Balanchine, and conducted by Stravinsky himself.
- May 21
- The Prodigal Son premieres at the Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris, with music by Prokofiev and choreography by Balanchine. It stars Serge Lifar.
- August 19
- Diaghilev dies in Venice, and is buried in the Cimiterio San Michele.