Ballet Russes

Ballet Russes

Though few outside the ballet world here know his name,Serge Diaghilev revolutionized dance and music with the Ballet Russes, a radically modern dance company he created in the early 20th century.

Though few outside the ballet world know his name, Serge Diaghilev revolutionized dance and music with the Ballet Russes in the teens and Roaring '20s in Paris. One radically modern performance featuring Igor Stravinsky’s composition, “The Rite of Spring," famously caused a near-riot in the theater. A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art explores his collaborations with some of the greatest artists of the early 20th century -- including musicians and dancers, but artists of all kinds, including Matisse, Picasso and even Coco Chanel.

Guests

Sarah Kennel

Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art

Simon Morrison

Professor of Music, Princeton University

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