The Scheherazade (1910) is a fairy ballet by Mikhail Fokin based on a symphonic suite by Nikolaj Rimskij-Korsakov. It was one of fabulous Russian ballet included in so called “Russian Seasons” arranged by Sergei Diaghilev in Paris . In fact, this dance masterpiece was written & staged directly for the Paris Opera & had an incredible success. The first performance took place on the 4th June 1910.
The story of Scheherazade & Shahryar was presented by the best Russian ballet dancers, while decorations & costumes were made by Léon Bakst & other famous artists of that period. A curious fact is that The Scheherazade is linked with a tragedy of the Russian immigration. Thousands of those who managed to leave the country due to Bolshevism or did not manage to return back there chose Paris as an isle of freedom & hope. The ballet was performed for them in 1919 as an act of charity & a spiritual support.
Due to its rather bourgeois origin The Scheherazade was completely ignored by the Soviet Ballet school. Only in 1993 it was restored & since then it has been enchanting with its incredible environment & dances.
I offer you a ballet movie The Scheherazade & I hope it will excite you, Esteemed Readers.