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A Feast of Wonders: Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Hardcover – September 22, 2009
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A fully illustrated catalogue with contributions by leading specialists in the history of Russian dance and the visual arts.
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John E. Bowlt is a professor at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Zelfira Tregulova is a curator at the Moscow Kremlin Museums.
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This book is a catalogue of a centenary exhibition held in Monte Carlo in 2009, then moving to Moscow. Monte Carlo was the venue for many of the Ballets Russes's great triumphs. The introductory essays, by authorities in their respective fields, discuss the history of the company, its association with Monte Carlo, Diaghilev's world and the activities of set designers such as Bakst, Benois, Larionov and Goncharova.
This section is followed by illustrations related to various Ballets Russes ballet and opera productions. Included in the illustrations are costumes, photographs of dancers, productions, related art works and set designs. These are of great interest and beauty. Ballet, history and art enthusiasts would find this book exceptionally appealing.
There are two other volumes covering this subject that are worth mentioning; "The Art of Ballet Russes" (the collection of Serge Lifar) and "Set and Costume Designs" (Thyssen Bornemisza catalogue). The printing standards of these books are slightly superior the very good standard of A Feast of Wonders. The former issues are expensive and difficult to obtain. The Feast of Wonders gives the best general coverage and illustrations of the three. At the present price it is a steal and I cannot recommend it highly enough.