A short ballet called “Le Spectre de la rose” (The Spirit of the Rose), staged by the Ballet Russes company and the legendary impresario Sergei Diaghilev, premiered on April 19th, 1911 at the famous Théâtre de Monte-Carlo. A dancing miniature, just 10 minutes long, was set aside for the two biggest stars of the Ballet Russes, dancers Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky.
“The Spirit of the Rose” turned out to be a true gem, and the most popular part of the Ballets Russes programme. A few short months later, it was staged in Paris, and the production was an absolute triumph. For over 100 years, the everlasting brilliance of this ballet has sparkled on the world’s best stages: – the Metropolitan Opera, London Coliseum, Royal Danish Theatre and, of course, the Mariinsky and Bolshoi theatres.