The First Season


Adolf Bolm and Lydia Sokolova in Cléopâtre. Photograph by the White Studio, New York City, 1916. Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. b MS Thr 414.2 (174). Bequest, 1989.


The ballet Cléopâtre, choreographed by Michel Fokine,was produced in the first Ballets Russes season of 1909 as a vehicle to feature Ida Rubinstein, who was engaged specially for this sensual role. With Lydia Sokolova and Adof Bolm in the roles of Princess Ta-hor and Amoun, it also made a great sensation on the American tour of 1916.