In 1910, the ballet Sheherazade , choreographed by Michael Fokine , premiered in Russia. The story behind the ballet was inspired by a tone poem written by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov . In the ballet the leading female character, Zobeide, is seduced by a Golden Slave. The dancer who portrayed the Golden Slave, the first being Vaslav Nijinsky , would have his face and body painted brown for the performance. This was done to show the audience the slave was of a darker complexion. Later in 1912, Fokine choreographed the ballet Petrushka , which was performed on stage. The ballet centers around three puppets that come to life, Petrushka, the Ballerina, and the Moor. When the ballet premiered, the part of the Moor, first danced by Aleksandr Orlov , was performed in full blackface. The Moor puppet is first seen onstage playing with a coconut, which he attempts to open with his scimitar . His movements are apelike. The Moor seduces the Ballerina and later savagely cuts off the head of the puppet Petrushka. When Petrushka is performed today, the part of the Moor is still done in full blackface, or occasionally blueface. The blackface has not been publicly criticized in the ballet community. Black and brownface appear in other ballets today, such as La Bayadère and Othello , in the United States and in Europe presently.