Saturday, October 2, 2010

Russian Ballet in V&A

It’s been a week from the opening Diaghilev exhibition in V&A museum in London.
This exposition is devoted to one hundred (1909 -1925) anniversary since Russian ballet seasons in Paris were launched. This brilliant collection of images, costumes and decorations traveled from Moscow all around the world.
It was the most progressive ballet in the whole Europe at that time.
Sergey Diaghilev was a founder and the owner. He had talent of vision what is good and what is bad and was never afraid of being misunderstood.

It's hard to believe now that the first performance of Stravinsky's “Весна Cвященная” (“Spring”/"Le Sacre du printemps') failed in Paris.
You can see a small peace of this scene in a new movie about Chanel and Stravinskiy romance.

Music, costumes, choreography - all was shoсkingly innovative.
Some time later new rules of dance, music and arts were accepted.
And from that time golden era of Russian culture abroad has started.
Anna Pavlova, Nizhinskiy, Karsavina, Fokin danced for "Seasons".
Goncharova, Larionov, Bakst, Roerich created costumes.
Picasso and De Chirico made backgrounds and decorations.
Stravinskiy wrote the most avangard music.
Here are some sketches by the great Russian artists of those times and Picasso's background.

Truly yours,

Jane Pritchard, co-curator of Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes explains the conservation challenge provided by the V&A's blockbusting exhibition about the great Russian ballet impresario.

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