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Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929 (Expanded Edition) Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851776133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851776139
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 9.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #841,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Published to coincide with an exhibition curated by Pritchard at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, which possesses the largest holdings of Ballets Russes sets and costumes, this book highlights the artistic achievements of one of the most famous dance companies in history, founded by the great theater producer Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929), dubbed an enlightened despot with extraordinary artistic flair by collaborator/composer Stravinsky. Diaghilev, an aesthete and son of a landed nobleman, achieved acclaim as a curator of public art exhibitions and edited an avant-garde art magazine. But it was for his revolutionary, modernist ballet company that Diaghilev is best known, and the photographs in this book illustrate why, with images of his lead male dancers and choreographers, such as Nijinsky and Serge Lifar, who restored the male dancer to a central role; work by artists like Léon Bakst that revitalized stage design; and costumes that influenced fashion and furnishings (Le Train bleu featured both Chanel's smartly contemporary costumes and Picasso's triumphant drop curtain with two giantesses running hand in hand along the beach). Although the book's essays are somewhat disjointed, readers will savor the abundant photographs, which aptly demonstrate the creative process at work. (Nov.) (c)
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About the Author

Jane Pritchard is curator of dance at the V&A.

 

Geoffrey Marsh is director of the Theatre and Performance Collections at the V&A.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith-Peter on June 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an oversized, full=color extravaganza on the history of Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes. There are chapters on the origins of the Ballet Russe, Diaghilev's biography, the production process, the collaboration of Leon Bakst, Natalia Goncharova and Pablo Picasso with the group, the amazing costumes, music, and the continuing influence of the Ballet Russes. I especially liked the many short (2 page) articles on very specific topics. It was enjoyable and made for a nice counterpoint to the long chapters. The photos, which are mainly drawn from the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, are beautiful. A gorgeous book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Joan Acocella writes in The New York Review of Books that this catalogue
is a wonderful book on the Ballets Russes, well illustrated, with first class
scholarship. It is the catalogue of an exhibit at the Victoria & Albert
Museum. That's enough for me. Just thought I'd pass this on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Betz on August 10, 2011
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IF you are looking for a lavish appreciation for the great Russian impressario, this is the place. He clearly saw his place in the decadent culture, at its apex in 1905 and shortly to pass from history. Wonderful illustrations of sets and costumes by Bakst and Benois and photos of the great dancers.
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I liked the illustrations and some of the articles. However, some of the articles I found too thin and superficial. I had hoped there would be more photos of Nijinsky and more writing about his significance for the history of dance.
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5 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter P. Fuchs on May 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let me add to the other sage three-sentence reviews here. The Beef Stroganoff by Michel Richard at the Garden Cafe was the best things about this exhibition. It was the best Beef Stroganoff I ever had, better than that which I had in St. Petersburg even! Great Borscht in the Garden Cafe too. Buffet all you can eat, like the Bellagio!! The catalogue looked great. But really are videos of ballets worthy of the National Gallery NOT!!
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