Russian Ballet History

Diaghilev's Ballets Russes 1909-1929

Exhibit available on loan.

The Russian Ballet History Collection of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes ephemera and historical photos is available for exhibiting.  Ideal display for a professional ballet company fundraising event, or a museum wishng to honor ballet, art music and design.

On Display


The exhibit features 100 year old programs of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes performance on May 19, 1909 in Paris.  The exhibit tells you the story of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes form 1909-1929, at the time of his untimely death.  A copy of the November 1915 Saturday Evening Post announcing the arrival of the 1916-1917 Ballets Russes tour is on display in the center of the photo below. 




On the left is Nijinsky on the cover of L'LLUSTRATION magazine and on the right is Ida Rubenstein on the cover of a 1914 Ballets Russes program, drawn by Leon Bakst.


The exhibit also features a wall of programs of the Ballets Russes, their covers drawn by artists including Matisse, Dali, Picasso, Berard, Benois, Laurencin and Chagall. 

There is a also section featuring Fokine, Vera Fokina, Nijinska's pointe shoe (autographed in 1917) and the Baby Ballerinas: Tamara, Tatiana and Irina.

A special little section can be dedicated to Serge Lifar, student of Nijinska's and Director of Paris Opera for over 30 years.

 The collection can also features an area (below) of ephemera from Wilmington's former The Academy of the Dance, co-founded by former Diaghilev dancer, Helena Antonova, her husband Leon Woizikowski and their daughter Sonia.  Madame Antonova's shawl, (featured left), was worn on stage and off, and there is a photo of her wearing the shawl back in Russia over 100 years ago.

The area also features personal photos of Madame Antonova brushing Nijinska's hair, walking her prize dogs, teaching at the Academy with her daughter Sonia and many others.  There are several autpgraphed photos by Leon Woizikowski, Lydia Sokolova and Vera Nemchinova. 



A seperate room may feature the legendary Anna Pavlova.  There are two newspaper covers; a 1914 Richmond Times Dispatch commissioned to Leon Bakst (right) and a watercolor cover of the Sunday Boston Globe from 1920. 

There are original framed postcards of Anna from the early 1900's and a cover of Anna on a Mexican magazine from 1918 as well as a vibrant cover of Dance magazine from the 1920's.

In this room, visitors may be treated to a brief documentary on the Ballets Russes while surrounded by Anna Pavlova.

Photos of the Exhibit During Wilmington's Art Loop Night -          May 1, 2009 during the 100th Anniversary of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes

Exhibit Loan Information

Please email for additional information regarding the borrowing the collection.


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