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Abstract The present article is a colloquy between the directors of Ballets Russes 2009, a festival held in Boston in 2009 to celebrate the centenary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The authors reflect on the experience of organizing the festival, including the conference at Boston...
Abstract This essay traces the multiple legacies of the Ballets Russes during the 100 years following the company’s first performances in 1909. Dividing the intervening century into four periods (“The Lifetime of the Ballets Russes,” “1930-1954,” “1954-1987: Glamor and Revival,” and “1987 to the...
Abstract The Ballets Russes never performed in Russia, and in the last twelve years of its twenty-one year existence (1909-1929) many Western European artists and composers worked for the company. Yet its essential identity remained as Russian as that of its founder, the quintessential...
Sergei Diaghilev is considered to be one of Europe’s first public gay men. This article describes Diaghilev’s evolution from a covert homosexual with an intent to marry, to the assertive homosexual he was in his later years, and frames it in the larger sociological and political context of the day.
Abstract The article treats of the “Exhibition of Historic Russian Portraits” which Sergei Diaghilev organzed at the Tauride Palace, St. Petersburg, in 1905. Reference is made to the precedents to the event such as Nikolai Vrangel’s exhibition “Russian Portrait Painting of the Last 150 Years” of...
Abstract Based on previously unpublished archive material, the text details the troubled organization of the Russian Hall commissioned by Sergei Diaghilev for the Venice Biennale of Fine Arts in 1907. Its focus is on the correspondence between the “Esposizione”’s Secretary General, Antonio...
Abstract One of the most important aesthetic innovations of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes was its shifting relations between music and dance. At first, the guiding principle was synaesthesia, linked to the Wagnerian concept of Gesamtkunstwerk but at the same time there were moves towards...
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