Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: A National Gallery of Art Film Presentation, DVD

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: A National Gallery of Art Film Presentation, DVD

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Narrated by Tilda Swinton

The impresario Serge Diaghilev was the creator and driving force of the Ballets Russes. He persuaded, cajoled, and charmed the greatest talents of the early 20th century to join his company. Artists (Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse), composers (Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie), choreographers (Michel Fokine and George Balanchine), and dancers (Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova) all collaborated to realize Diaghilev's dream of a seamless fusion of the arts. The spectacular productions of the Ballets Russes dazzled audiences and revolutionized modern dance.


This documentary includes footage of revivals of Ballet Russes performances by the Joffrey Ballet and the New York City Ballet. Also featured are sets and costumes from Diaghilev's innovative productions, as well as interview with dancers, musicians, and scholars.


Produced by the department of exhibition programs, National Gallery of Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music.

  • 55 minutes
  • Color
  • Closed captioned
  • English subtitles available
  • DVD Bonus: Slide show of selected works from the film including costumes, set designs, and photographs
  • Released: 2013


2013 CINE Golden Eagle Award, Certificate of Merit

Nominated in the documentary category for Best of Festival (Grand Prix) in the 2015 US International Film & Video Festival


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