Russian Ballet History

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909-1929

Russ Sands

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I am a melomane and received a degree in the History of Art, Design and Film. All of these areas I'm very keen on and I also have a special interest in the Ballet Russes because, under Diaghilev they defined 20th c. modernism and were in the forefront of the avant-garde in the arts.

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Reply Russ Sands
12:32 AM on December 14, 2010 
I've just about finished reading a marvelous new biography of Diaghilev, by the Dutch author Sjeng Scheijen, which to use the often quoted word "definitive". It's a wonderful read and completely absorbing. The style of writing is very accessible and draws you into the world of the Ballet Russes as if you were living the events.
I also have a 1940 biography of Diaghilev by Serge Lifar, which is also a must to get some first hand accounts of events. After this I'll be reading a bigraphy of Stravinsky by Michael Oliver which is important for any devotee of the Ballet Russes to do because he was a central figure in the musical avant-garde within the company for a considerable length of time.
I'd like to hear from other members if they have read the new biography and what they think of it. Also recommendations of further essentail reading around the Ballet Russes.
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