Ballet Russes

It’s difficult to classify the movement in Vaslav Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps as ballet; today, we would denote such vocabulary as modern dance. But Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes, which premiered the ballet in Paris in 1913, embraced France's emerging avant-garde culture at the time. They premiered works by new choreographers whose names we now recognize (Michel Fokine, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine, to name a few).

Published November 24, 2009
On May 19, 1909, ballet changed forever. With the shocking debut performance of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, a modern era of unapologetic neoclassicism was born. Legs were turned in, feet were flexed and the stories were primal. This new company would introduce the world to Balanchine, Nijin…more »