Fokine, Romantic

“In the shadow of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the tardy Romantic Michel Fokine rejected the ballet spectacle of Marius Petipa, with its numbers and entries, for a new kind of ballet that would “restore dancing its soul,” he wrote in a manifesto. “We must abandon fixed signs and devise others based on the laws of natural expression.” He made the dreamy mind the protagonist of three of his most enduring works…”