Choreography by Michel Fokine
Staged by Frederic Franklin
Music by Alexander Borodin
Costumes and Scenery by Elizabeth Dalton, after Nicholas Roerich
Lighting by Natasha Katz
The Polovtsian Dances were first produced by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes
at the Théâtre du Châtelet on May 18, 1909 with Sophie
Fedorova (Polovetsian Girl), Yelena Smirnova (Polovetsian Woman) and Adolph
Bolm (Polovetsian Chief).
Staged by Michel Fokine to the ballet music from the second act of the opera
Prince Igor, its correct title is actually Polovetsian Dances from
There is no story, just a display of magnificently savage dance, more or less
in the Tartar folk idiom.
The Polovtsian Dances received its American Ballet Theatre Company Premiere as
part of an all-Fokine program on February 4, 2005 at the Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts, Washington,
D. C., danced by Gennady Saveliev (Warrior Chieftain), Stella Abrera (Polovtsian
Princess) and Misty Copeland (Lead Polovtsian Girl).