Les Ballets Russes: When Art Danced with Music

Originally conceived by impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes is widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century,[2] in part because it promoted ground-breaking artistic collaborations among young choreographers, composers, designers, and dancers, all at the forefront of their several fields. Diaghilev commissioned works from composers such as Igor StravinskyClaude DebussySergei ProkofievErik Satie, and Maurice Ravel, artists such as Vasily KandinskyAlexandre BenoisPablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse, and costume designers Léon Bakst and Coco Chanel. The company’s productions created a huge sensation, completely reinvigorating the art of performing dance, bringing many visual artists to public attention, and significantly affecting the course of musical composition. It also introduced European and American audiences to tales, music, and design motifs drawn from Russian folklore. The influence of the Ballets Russes lasts to the present day. – Ballets Russes. 28 November 2020. In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballets_Russes

Pablo Picasso and scene painters sitting on the front cloth for Parade (Ballets Russes) at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, 1917, Lachmann photographer

Long form articles:









Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume

Robert Bell

Published by National Gallery of Australia (2010)

ISBN 10: 0642541574 ISBN 13: 9780642541574


Sjeng Scheijen

Published by Profile Books (2009)

ISBN 10: 1846681413 ISBN 13: 9781846681417


Richard Buckle

Published by Pegasus Books

ISBN 10: 1605983381 ISBN 13: 9781605983387

Roman Jasinski: A Gypsy Prince from the Ballet Russe

Cheryl Forrest, Georgia Snoke

Published by Tulsa Ballet (2008)

ISBN 10: 0615221602 ISBN 13: 9780615221601

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