This exhibition celebrates the most exciting dance company of the twentieth century and its impact on all forms of theatre, music and fashion. The Ballets Russes was established by Serge Diaghilev, who has been described as a ‘fertiliser of genius’ for his ability to inspire original theatrical creations and promote dancers, composers and artists. Initially drawing on the renaissance in Russian art, he went on to collaborate with many of the key figures in European music, dance, painting and sculpture. Presenting its first season in Paris in 1909, the company changed European sensibilities in music, colour and movement, pushing forward the frontiers of theatre during the twenty-year period of its peripatetic existence and exerting an influence for the remainder of the century.