Thursday, February 11, 2010



Isabelle Fokine rehearses Petrouchka with Pascal Molat
and members of the San Francisco Ballet
©Erik Tomasson
Roughly 15 years ago, Isabelle Fokine, the granddaughter of the great choreographer Michel Fokine, travelled to Russia and to Europe where she re-staged his legendary ballets with insights from her own training and her family's archival records.

For an interview with Isabelle Fokine, in which she talks about this work, please see: ISABELLE FOKINE - INTERVIEW & PETROUCHKA - SAN FRANCISCO BALLET PREMIERE.

As with many artistic renovations, this work was difficult and sometimes controversial. A film of some of this effort was recorded in "Fighting For Fokine."

The result of her work has been new productions of Fokine's ballets all over the world.

Isabelle is currently in San Francisco, preparing a new staging of Petrouchka for the San Francisco Ballet, which will have its world premiere on March 2.

Even more unique, and possibly historic for students of ballet, is that Ms. Fokine will be giving a talk as part of the SF Ballet's adult education program, "Pointes Of View"on March 3. This is one of the rare occasions, certainly in the US, that Isabelle has spoken about her work.

"Program 4
March 3
Green Room – 2nd Floor
Making its SF Ballet premier this season, Michel Fokine's Petrouchka was first performed by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes in 1911. Isabelle Fokine will talk about reviving and setting her grandfather’s ground-breaking ballets around the world."

Note: March 4, 2010 --

For an interview with Isabelle Fokine in which she spoke with great feeling -- and gentle humor -- about her life and her work re-staging the classic ballets of her grandfather, please see the QPORIT article --


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