Design of stage backdrop for Le Sacre du printemps, prepared by Nicholas Roerich for Diaghilev’s production, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 1913. Tempera and pastel on caedboard, original dimensions 62cm x 94cm
It was in two scenes, but had no real plot, the action representing merely a series of primitive rites. With one exception there were no individual dances, but only big ensembles. Stravinsky’s music was quite unsuitable for dancing; but this troubled neither Diaghilev nor Nijinsky, whose aim was to present only a succession of rhythmically moving groups.
—S. L. Grigoriev, The Diaghilev Ballet 1909–1929