I'm working on a lecture for San Francisco Ballet on what they're calling "classical ballet" and what I'm calling, very awkwardly, second half of the nineteenth century Russian Imperial ballet. Some of these pix are new to me, or at least unfamiliar. They're so interesting, and/or gorgeous, I must share.
Ekaterina Vazem as Nikiya in La Bayadere
Cecchetti as Carabosse (Sleeping Beauty) in 1890
Look at Carabosse's minions with the crazy googly eyes! Wow!
Cecchetti as Carabosse in the Bakst designs for Diaghilev's production in 1921
(these are the designs used for Ratmansky's 2015 reconstruction of Sleeping Beauty)
The Ogres. (Sleeping Beauty, 1890)
Switching gears here, this is from the Petersburg 1895 Swan Lake. I think it is the Tarantella?
Also had not seen this sketch for Act II Nutcracker. There is no attribution given but I looked it up and M. I. Botcharov designed the 1892 sets.
Vsevolozhsky designs for Mother Ginger. He liked to draw caricatures apparently, and something of that style appears here.
This one is for sentimental value. It is the first page of the Stepanov notation for Pavlova's variation in Paquita. I love that the variations are labeled by the ballerina who performed them.