The legendary tales of the Thousand and One Nights, whose heroine Scheherazade became synonymous with the tales and acquired mythic status within European culture in the early twentieth century, served as the inspiration for the popular and critically acclaimed Ballets Russes Schéhérazade, which premiered in Paris, 1910. My research examines how Ballets Russes audiences confused the production’s femme fatale heroine Zobeida with the peace-making storyteller Scheherazade, who is named in the ballet’s title but eliminated from the plot onstage, and what this confusion suggests about Scheherazade’s status in Paris in the 1910s.



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