Choreographic drama in one act and three scenes

Music by Nikolai Tcherepnin
Libretto by Alexandre Benois, based on the novel by Théophile Gauthier "Omphale"
Choreography by Mikhail Fokine
Choreography revived by Jurijus Smoriginas
Sets and costumes by Alexandre Benois
Sets and costumes revived by Anna Nezhny

1Alexandre Benois (1870-1960).Costume design for 'Le Pavillon d'Armide'- Prisoner.Pencil, ink and gouache on paper. 38 x 26.8 cm
Costume design by Alexandre Benois for Le Pavillon d'Armide. 1909

This ballet was originally performed as a bonne bouche after Swan Lake – making, one imagines, for a very long evening - and starred Pavlova and the 18-year-old wonder-boy Nijinsky. To music by Tcherepnin and designs by Benois, it told of a troubling erotic dream. A magician puts a young Vicomte (Nijinsky) under a spell, and he dreams of walking into a tapestry, summoned by the beautiful Armida. He wakes to find a “real” relic of hers beside him. It was no dream. The ballet was lost; in 2009 Andris Liepa and Jurijus Smoriginas created a new choreographic version of Le Pavillon d'Armide, using the original music and designs.