Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes
Lecture | Holmer Parish Centre
Saturday 3 December 2011 - 10:00 until 14:00
Segei Diaghilev (1872-1929) did more than anyone else, before or since, to bring Western Art to Russia and Russian Art to the West. This flamboyant impresario, exhibition organiser, publisher and propagandist for the avant-garde is mainly known today in the West as the leading figure behind the Ballet Russes (1909-1929). With this ballet company, Diaghilev achieved a total transformation of the world of dance in the West, returning it to a prominent place among the arts. It was thanks to Diaghilev that western audiences were introduced to Boris Chaliapin, Vaslav Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina, Leon Bakst, Igor Stavinsky and numerous other talented Russians.
Princess Nina Lovanov-Rostovsky, half-French, half-Russian is a freelance writer and lecturer living in London specialising in Russian Decorative Arts. She had co-curated numerous exhibitions in of Russian theatrical Art – designs for ballet, theatre and opera – in North America, Germany, Japan and Russia and was a consultant for the Diaghilev Exhibition at the V&A in 2004. She is the author of the 1990 book Revolutionary Ceramics: Soviet Porcelain 1917-1927 and advises both Christies and Sothebys on the subject of Russian Decorative Arts.