The 110th anniversary of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
brings two distinct programs celebrating the company that forever changed how ballets were made.
In 1909, Nijinsky joined the Ballets Russes
where he became the principal male dancer and rose to international stardom.
With one grand leap off the stage at the 1909 premiere of the Ballets Russes
's inaugural season, Nijinsky became an overnight sensation and the century's first superstar, in the days before moving pictures brought popular culture to the masses.
The ballet closes its much acclaimed season with a special tribute to impresario Sergei Diaghilev's influential Ballets Russes
, presenting Fokine's Les Sylphides and Petrushka as well as Nijinsky's Afternoon of a Faun (the latter two both company premieres), May 1 and 2 at the Sarasota Opera House.
The Ballets Russes
and Beyond: Music and Dance in Belle-Epoque Paris.
Modernism on stage; the Ballets Russes
and the Parisian avant-garde, 1917-1929.
A century ago this month, the Ballets Russes
' Le Sacre du printemps with music by Stravinsky, choreography by Nijinsky and designs by Nicholas Roerich, made its debut at Paris's Theatre des Champs-Elysees.
THIS YEAR, the centennial of the founding of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
, balletomanes have been treated to superb museum and art exhibits, film retrospectives, ballets, and panel discussions.
A Feast of Wonders - Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
(Skira: pounds 39.95) In a few days Birmingham Royal Ballet will open its autumn season at Birmingham Hippodrome.
THIS SPRING, A FLURRY OF exhibitions in Europe and America will celebrate the centennial of Sergey Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
, which debuted on May 18, 1909, in Paris--an inauguration that was to have a profound impact on the way art, dance, and theater would be promoted and experienced in the twentieth century.
A National Library of Australia exhibition due to open on 9 April 2009 will celebrate the centenary of Serge Diaghilev's uniquely creative Ballets Russes
(1909-1929) and the visits to Australia and New Zealand by three Ballets Russes
companies under the artistic leadership of Colonel Wassily de Basil between 1936 and 1940.
Described as a sensation, she danced with various Ballets Russes
companies and though a tiny figure could captivate the most demanding audience with her spirit, grace and skill.