The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine
, Vaslav Nijinsky, Leonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.
The programme was "Homage to Fokine
", Mariinsky Ballet's tribute to the great Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokine
(1880-1942), whose work thrust the company onto the world stage.
This year's programme opens with Fokine
's Les Sylphides in honour of the centenary of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, who premiered it in their inaugural 1909 Paris season.
Sean Levey carried out the pacemaking role on Mikhail Fokine
. Yeats was soon in second place, with the rest of the pack many lengths adrift.
AIDAN O'Brien and Seamus Heffernan should double-up with Mikhail Fokine
and Don Pedro Mendoza at Dundalk tonight.
He made a satisfactory debut when third to subsequent UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas winner Haafhd in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket and ran another good race when second to Fokine
in the King Charles II Stakes last time.
The son of Royal Applause then showed he is still as good as ever with a sound performance in defeat in a Listed event back on the Rowley Mile course, going down by a neck to Fokine
Dettori's followers had already enjoyed another good-priced success as No Time (12-1) edged out Speed Cop in a photo for the ladbrokes.com Sprint, while the treble was completed when the Godolphin-owned 6-4 favourite Rosencrans grabbed a hard-fought win over Fokine
in the Spring Cup.
said: "We must remember that breaking international law leads to catastrophes.
[ON TOUR] It's rare to see Fokine
or Nijinsky ballets these days, so to find them both on the same program is a golden opportunity.
, runner-up in the Jersey Stakes last summer, takes his chance in the Hong Kong Derby over a mile and a quarter at Sha Tin today.
The Russian ambassador to Britain, Yuri Fokine
, expressed his country's thanks during the unveiling of a memorial on Loch Ewe in Wester Ross.