Friday, 7 January 2011

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Exhibition

Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), created the Ballets Russes in 1909. They stood out in Paris because of the amazing art noveuo inspired costumes combined with the unusual choreography. Their use of male dancers also made them stand out, as male dancers hadn't performed in dances of this style for more than two decades. Igor Stravinsky was the man behind the music. He was born in Russia, and there were clear influences of this in his Music.

The Ballets Russes managed to stay together through WW1, despite a lot of disruption, and then in the 1920s, they had to adjust to a changed economic circumstance. Their style adapted to fit modern interests such as beach culture, film and sport which is shown in costumes designed for them buy people such as Coco Chanel in 1924.

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