In 2011 I had the great opportunity to work with designer Richard Hudson on a reinterpretation of The Golden Cockerel for The Royal Danish Ballet. My role was to research the original productions from 1914 and 1937, produced by the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Hudson and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky then used the research to create new designs and choreography based on the original designs by Natalia Goncharova and choreography by Mikhail Fokine.
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to study some of the original costumes as part of my research. They really were quite beautiful! The costumes for the 1937 production were made by Barbara Karinska in London (she later moved to NYC were she became an important collaborator with George Balanchine).
The new ballet opened in Copenhagen in September 2012 and was an amazing riot of colour. Excitingly this year American Ballet Theatre will be re-staging this production – with some alterations by Ratmansky.
The ballet opens at the Met on the 6th of June. http://www.metopera.org/Season/2016-ABT/the-golden-cockerel/
I am really looking forward to seeing this production again, not least for the sumptuous costumes and set!