Synopses & Reviews
Sergei Diaghilev and his extraordinary Ballets Russes revolutionized ballet for all time. From 1909 to 1929, the Ballets Russes attracted avant-garde composers such as Stravinsky, dancers such as Nijinsky and Massine, and designers such as Bakst, Goncharova, Picasso, Matisse, and Chanel, and even a very young George Balanchine, all of whom helped to create true collaborations never before seen in the performing arts. Now, this major book, published to accompany an exhibition that originated at the VandA and is now traveling to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, examines the origins, development, and long-term influence of the Ballets Russes, complete with costumes, sets, and performance photographs. This beautiful book showcases artistic collaboration at its finest.
andldquo;This fascinating book should be on every ballet loversandrsquo; gift list.andrdquo;
andmdash;Suzy Menkes, The New York Times
While the early 20th century was rich with creative energy, no one brought theater and dance to the forefront of culture quite like Sergei Diaghilev did with his extraordinary Ballets Russes. From 1909 to 1929, the impresario attracted the involvement of artists and designers (Picasso, Matisse, Chanel), composers (Stravinsky),dancers (Nijinsky and Massine), and even a young George Balanchine. Now, this major book, originally published to accompany a retrospective exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, that traveled to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, examines the origins, development, and long-term influence of the Ballets Russes, the company that showcased artistic collaboration at its finest and revolutionized ballet for all time.
About the Author
Jane Pritchard is curator of dance, and Geoffrey Marsh is director of the Theatre and Performance Collections at the VandA.