DVD Release: Serge Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes

DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
Price: DVD $19.95
Studio: Microcinema

Serge Diaghilev and The Ballet Russes scene

The Joffrey Ballet performs The Rites of Spring in Serge Diaghilev and The Ballet Russes.

Serge Diaghilev and The Ballet Russes is a 2013 documentary film presented by Washingtno’s National Gallery of Art.

The impresario Serge Diaghilev was the creator and driving force of the Ballets Russes, where he persuaded, cajoled, and charmed the greatest talents of the early twentieth century to join his company.

Artists (Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse), composers (Igor Stravinsky and Erik Satie), choreographers (Michel Fokine and George Balanchine), and dancers (Vaslav Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova) all collaborated to realize Diaghilev’s dream of a seamless fusion of the arts. The spectacular productions of the Ballets Russes dazzled audiences and revolutionized modern dance.

Serge Diaghilev and The Ballet Russes, narrated by Tilda Swinton, includes footage of revivals of Ballets Russes performances by the Joffrey Ballet and the New York City Ballet. Also featured are sets and costumes from Diaghilev’s innovative productions, as well as interviews with dancers, musicians, and scholars.

The hour-long program is a Microcinema exclusive and is available through the Microcinema website.


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