Ballets Russes


Ballets Russes
Ballet company founded in Paris in 1909 by Sergey Diaghilev.

Considered the source of modern ballet, the company employed the most outstanding creative talent of the period. Its choreographers included Michel Fokine, Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska, and George Balanchine, and among its dancers were Yekaterina Geltzer, Tamara Karsavina, and Vaslav Nijinsky. Music was commissioned from composers such as Igor Stravinsky, Maurice Ravel, Darius Milhaud, Sergey Prokofiev, and Claude Debussy, and ballets featured stage designs by artists Alexandre Benois, Pablo Picasso, Georges Rouault, Henri Matisse, and André Derain.

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 ballet company founded in Paris in 1909 by the Russian impresario Sergey Diaghilev (Diaghilev, Sergey Pavlovich). The original company included the choreographer Michel Fokine and the dancers Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky; the choreographer George Balanchine joined in 1925. Music was commissioned of Rimsky-Korsakov and Stravinsky and designs of Picasso, Rouault, Matisse, and Derain. The company was dissolved after Diaghilev's death in 1929. See also Diaghilev, Sergey (Diaghilev, Sergey Pavlovich).

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