Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes


The designs and colours used in Ballets Russes productions forged a new aesthetic in the 20th century. Knowledge of the company's revolutionary ballets filtered through to theatre, fashion and daily life, including interior design. Diaghilev's presentation of his homeland in particular created a notable strand of Russian style.

Perhaps the most evident legacy is the music Diaghilev commissioned. Ballet scores by Stravinsky, de Falla and others continue to be performed in concert halls around the world.

The repertoire of the Ballets Russes remains an invaluable resource for choreographers today. Over 200 different versions of The Rite of Spring have been choreographed since Diaghilev commissioned it. Diaghilev's achievements continue to inspire the worlds of art, theatre, music and dance.

This content was originally written in association with the exhibition 'Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929', on display at the V&A South Kensington from 25 September 2010 – 9 January 2011

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Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929 (Hardback)

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