About the Artist:
Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music celebrates one of the most dazzling cultural enterprises of the twentieth century. The Ballets Russes, established in 1909 by the indefatigable impresario Serge Diaghilev, revolutionized the art of ballet. Combining Russian and Western traditions with a healthy dose of modernism, the company thrilled and shocked audiences with its powerful fusion of choreography, music, design and dance. Though it was based in Paris, the company toured throughout Europe, the United States and South America. Its influence continues to be felt today.
Diaghilev's passion for the arts was matched by his ambition, charm, drive, and intellectual curiosity. Determined to make something extraordinary of his life, the young Diaghilev inaugurated Russia's first art journal, Mir iskusstva (World of Art), in 1898 and began to sponsor Russian art both at home and abroad. But it was his establishment of the Ballets Russes in 1909 that broke new ground and radically changed the performing arts in Europe.
The exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington is the last of a series celebrating Serge Diaghilev and his collaborators for the Ballets Russes which began at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2010.
This stunning new music collection brings together for the first time the full breadth of the repertoire the Ballets Russes company performed over its twenty year lifetime under the direction of Serge Diaghilev. Arranged in the chronology of the ballets' presentations, the pieces portray the variety and dynamism of music Diaghilev chose to inject passion, energy and inspiration into the Ballets Russes' magical productions.
- Set includes 3 CDs