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Michel Fokine and Tamara Karsavina in the original performance of Stravinsky’s The Firebird, 1910. Costumes by Léon Bakst.

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The firebird is symbolic of light and it is said that when one feather from the tail of the firebird falls to the ground, a new artistic tradition is born, hence why it is such a popular motif amongst artists.

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Alexander Golovin - Costume designs for “The Firebird”, 1910 “The Firebird” is a ballet by Igor Stravinsky, part of famous Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes seasons.

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Detail of a costume for a Knight in The Firebird, designed by Alexandre Golovine, 1910. Museum no. S.5321:1,2-2009

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The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley | Love At First Book The Firebird wasn't my thing (and I explain why in my post) but other SheReads bloggers did enjoy it! So check out why I was iffy on the book and see if it's one you might enjoy.

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Ballet dancer Tamara Karsavina in 'The Firebird', 1912. Karsavina (1885-1978) was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. After settling in Hampstead, England, she began teaching ballet professionally and would become recognized as one of the founders of modern British ballet.

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Alexander Golovin - Costume designs for “The Firebird”, 1910 “The Firebird” is a ballet by Igor Stravinsky, part of famous Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes seasons.