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Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes

Lecturer: Rosamund Bartlett

A hundred years ago Diaghilev decided it was time to showcase Russian culture. He began with art exhibitions, then operas, then ballet, using well regarded artists as set designers. Russian ballet was at its prime with Nijinsky and Pavlova amongst its greatest stars. In 1910 began his famous collaboration with Stravinsky, the enfant terrible of 20th century music. After The Firebird came Petrushka, and then in 1913 the Parisian haute monde was shocked to its core by the epoch-making The Rite of Spring, one of the key works which catapulted Russian artists and musicians into the forefront of the European avant-garde.

The Ballets Russes contributed prominently to the “Russian Renaissance” at the beginning of the 20th century, and this lecture is a celebration of the magic, creative energy and passion which lay at their heart