Serge Diaghilev - New Biography by Sjeng Scheijen
Posted 18 August 2009 - 10:10 AM
details on AMAZON website.
Posted 25 August 2009 - 10:13 AM
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 11:27 AM
For those who are interested, I came across a link to Alastair Macaulay's New York Times review of the book - here it is.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 11:30 AM
Yet Mr. Buckle’s approach — that of both celebrity hound and aesthete — and Ms. Garafola’s probing application of modern historical methods both yield a far more intense wealth of detail. They also demonstrate a much greater sheer excitement over Diaghilev’s achievements. The often cool Mr. Scheijen brings us the latest information but omits too many of the facts already in the common domain. And at many moments he prefers to concentrate on his archival discoveries rather than to re-examine central areas of Diaghilev’s artistic work.
I will say there's nothing necessarily wrong with a biographer focusing on the life and less on the work, as long as we don't forget why we're reading about the fellow. It's a different approach.
Posted 27 August 2010 - 11:31 AM
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Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:55 PM
I have two copies of the Lifar biography, but have only referred to it occasionally, Lifar really gives me the creeps.
Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:07 PM
Looks like we're in for a real Diaghilevian feast!
Posted 29 August 2010 - 05:25 AM
Working For Diaghilev [Hardcover]
Sergei Diaghilev (Author)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Exhibitions International/B.A.I. (August 15, 2005)
and here is the product description:
They credit Diaghilev as being the author. What????
Posted 29 August 2010 - 06:37 AM
That is bizarre! I've known Amazon to attribute authorship to editors, but here they've exceeded themselves!
Looks like an interesting book - probably one to add to the wishlist.
Posted 18 September 2010 - 05:33 PM
The article is only available online to subscribers, but there is a summary of it here.
Posted 18 September 2010 - 06:24 PM
He also proclaimed its mission. Sleek modern ballets, he insisted, were not a break with the classical tradition of the past. Modernism, too, could and should be classical. Look at the New York skyline, he said:
"The skyscrapers have their own kind of classicism, i.e., our kind. Their lines, scale, proportions are the formula of our classical achievements, they are the true palaces of the modern age. It's the same with choreography ... It too has to be well proportioned and harmonious, but that doesn't mean propounding a compulsory 'cult' of classicism in the creative work of the modern choreographers. Classicism is a means, not an end."
This has been the credo of the greatest ballet choreographers of the post-Diaghilev period.
Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:16 AM
Print issue dated December 13, 2010
Article: A Year's Reading
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