The First Season


Lubov Tchernicheva in the title role in the ballet Cléopâtre. Photograph by S. Georges, undated. Lubov Tchernicheva Papers. b MS Thr 464 (14), folder 1. Purchased with the Howard D. Rothschild Fund, 1995.

Photograph of Lubov Tchernicheva in the ballet Cléopâtre

The original Cleopatra was Ida Rubinstein, who left Diaghilev’s company to start her own troupe. Her place was taken by a succession of dancers, most successfully by Lubov Tchernicheva, who was married to the company régisseur, Serge Grigoriev.