Michel Fokine registered his ballets for
copyright in Paris. The change of US law in 1978, and the Copyright Extension Act, mean that Fokine works are still under
copyright. The expiration date in the US is 31 December 2047. It is therefore necessary to secure rights from the FEA prior
to planning any public performance.
Please note, and
for the avoidance of doubt: Any “versions” of Fokine’s works are still subject to the copyright, due to
the fact that a version (of a copyrighted work) is by its nature, a derivative of the copyright. Therefore the legal status
of a “version” is the same as the original work, and carries the same restrictions.
The Michel Fokine Archive
consists of his own material. It is the largest collection of material on Fokine in the world containing: his memoirs, diaries,
paintings, sculpture, set and costume designs, sketches, costumes, audio recordings, artifacts, posters, photographs, scores,
orchestrations, dance-notations, rare books, manuscripts, press clippings, programmes, contracts, correspondence, personal
mementoes, and archival film footage.
at Lincoln Center, the International Ballet Competition, and the Royal Opera House –Covent Garden, have given the wider
public the opportunity to see many of these rare materials.
of items are now available to the public at the both the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts(research division),
and the Harvard Theatre Collection.
unique material in the Archive, is used by the Estate, in its' reconstructions of the repertoire.