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The astonishing legacy of Sergei Diaghilev  

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March 2011, no. 329

Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume by Robert Bell

National Gallery of Australia, $39.95 pb, 264 pp

The astonishing legacy of Sergei Diaghilev  

by
March 2011, no. 329

What is it about the Ballets Russes that resonates with so many people? Is it the magic of a redeemed art ordained in a marriage of artists, dancers, and composers overseen by a master celebrant – Sergei Diaghilev? Is it remembrance of a creative fire that burst onto the stage in 1909 and assured a strong future for ballet around the world? The answer is ‘yes’ to both, but I think that what attracts us most is nostalgia for a particular moment in time; the desire to have witnessed those famous performances in the early decades of the last century.

Alan R. Dodge reviews 'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume' by Robert Bell

Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume

by Robert Bell

National Gallery of Australia, $39.95 pb, 264 pp

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