Theatre / The Firebird
is a 1910 ballet choreographed by Michael Fokine to music composed by Igor Stravinsky
, with a plot based on several Russian folk tales.
The story concerns Prince Ivan, who is hunting in a forest one day, when he catches sight of the dazzling Firebird. He gives chase and captures her, but she pleads with him to let her go. Ivan relents and frees her, and as a gesture of gratitude, the Firebird gives him one of her feathers, instructing him to wave it above his head if ever he is in danger. Continuing deeper into the forest, Ivan encounters a group of 13 dancing princesses, who inform him that they are prisoners of the sorcerer Kashchei. Having fallen in love with one of the princesses, Ivan vows to free them from Kashchei's evil clutches and goes off in search of the sorcerer's castle.