The First Season


Léon Bakst (1866-1924). Le Festin, Costume design for Tamara Karsavina as L’Oiseau d’Or, 1909. Watercolor and gold paint. Howard D. Rothschild collection on Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. pf MS Thr 414.4 (12). Bequest, 1989.

Le Festin

Le Festin was the first of Diaghilev’s ballet divertissements, which were charming, often spectacular, confections made up of unrelated scenes or movements. It was seen in the first Ballets Russes season, 1909, in Paris.