Inspired by the 1950 visit of Isadora Duncan to Russia, Fokine took the timeless music of Frederic Chopin and created Chopiniana (later renamed Les Sylphides). This ballet celebrates the lyrical and poetic qualities of romantic ballet blanc to express the sublime nature of dance. Les Sylphides is one of the revolutionary ballets of the 20th Century. Firstly, to choreograph the works of the great masters, such as Chopin was unheard of. Secondly, there were virtually no abstract, plotless works in the Russian repertoire which was characterized by Petipa's large scale full-length productions. Les Sylphides was premiered for the 1990 Paris season by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and features Anna Pavlova and Valsav Niijinsky. Of the many innovative works presented by this great impresario, this was his favourite. The Bolshoi Ballet Company under the direction of their chief choreographer Yuri Grigorvich, is one of the marvels of the ballet world. The word Bolshoi means 'big', which aptly describes this Company of over 200 artists, it's massive teaching staff and a school capable of training 1000 dancers providing a constant flow of new young talent. Bolshoi Solist Classique: This newly discovered film celebrates the mastery of the great Bolshoi stars, Nina Timofeyeva and Mikhail Lavrosky, who performed in the classic and elegant style of the Soviet ballet tradition. Nina Timofeyeva first trained and performed at the Kirov Ballet, and then entered the Bolshoi Company in 1961 and quickly rose to the leading male dancer in most of their repertory. Lavrosky is known for this exceptional technique, as well as the heroic splender and penetrating presence he brings to all his roles, from the Prince in Cinderella to Spartacus.