From Library Journal
The Ballets Russes, in existence from 1909 to 1929, heraled modernism in ballet. The company's infamous impresario, Serge Diaghilev, had an uncommon facility for recognizing talent and fostering successful collaborations. He brought together innovative artists, dancers, composers, and choreographers in groundbreaking productions such as L'Apr es-Midi d'un Faune . Fokine, Nijinsky, Picasso, Stravinsky, Massine, Bakst, and Balanchine were just a few of the key players in the company's history. Garafola's approach to dance history is expansive, taking in the cultural and artistic influences and economic realities, and applying newer methodologies. Scholarly, yet extremely readable, this is highly recommended for most libraries, even those owning Richard Buckle's Diaghilev (LJ 10/1/79).- Joan Stahl, Enoch Pratt Free Lib., Baltimore
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About the Author
Dance critic and historian Lynn Garafola is the editor of Rethinking the Sylph: New Perspectives on the Romantic Edition and coeditor of André Levinson on Dance: Writings from Paris in the Twenties. She lives in New York City.