This year marks the 100th anniversary of Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes. Ever wonder about the personal thoughts of Sergei Diaghilev or Vaslav Nijinsky, or how such classics as Les Sylphides and Prodigal Son were introduced to the world of dance? In answer to such questions, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is hosting an exhibition, Diaghilev’s Theater of Marvels: The Ballets Russes and Its Aftermath. Unique displays including old footage of performances, diaries of the choreographers, costume and design sketches and other information will be on display until September 12, 2009. What could be better than viewing this rare show of dance history? Viewing it at an extremely reasonable price – admission is free! Find out more information by visiting nypl.org.
In the meantime, read Dance Teacher‘s article about Ballets Russes costumer, Barbara Karinska.