Ballets Russe - Page 2


The Ballet Russes was a phenomenon of the early twentieth century. Its work was exciting-- always new-- and it stretched the limits of what was considered possible in art. The bold color, form, and material in costume and set design absolutely astonished the audiences of the time, and the influence of the Ballet Russes left a lasting impact on dance, theater, and all the visual arts which continues to influence us today.Fashion and decor designers, and visual artists in particular-- including Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Coco Chanel, and Leon Bakst,-- found inspiration in working in the Ballet Russes. Artists and designers moved past old boundaries and created lavish costumes and set designs for these extravagant productions that bridged the gaps between tangible and abstract artistic genres.Sergei Diaghilev, impresario of the Ballet Russes from 1909 until his death in 1929, fused the most avant-garde, groundbreaking movements in dance, choreography, art, design, and costume into unique and breath-taking productions which both excited and stunned the audiences of the day.

Table of Contents --Update: October 2, 2013: These pages at "Squidoo" have been removed / "Unpublished", but the list below

is still helpful because of its historical examples (which could be researched further by students...)

  1. rock stars Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky

  2. Diaghilev encouraged experimentation

  3. Scheherazade

  4. Leon Bakst

  5. In 1913 feelings ran high and a riot ensued !

  6. Picasso and the Ballet Russes

  7. Le Dieu Bleu (The Blue God)

  8. More Costumes from the Ballet Russes