In honor of our upcoming production of Firebird, check out this video of the Royal Ballet’s Margot Fonteyn and Michael Somes, who was said to have been unsurpassed by any living dancer. This is an excerpt of the end of the ballet. It is based on Fokine’s original choreography from 1910.

Our historian, Linda Besant, remarks that you can see from this video “how formal and
patterned Fokine’s choreography was, though it was revolutionary at
the time.” You can see “how Yuri Possokhov remained faithful to the
Essence in the Firebird he made for OBT, but has so much more choreographic
range and freedom in this day and age.”

Got your tickets yet? Opening night is nearly sold out, but there are great seats available for the other performances here.

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