A look at the Ballets Russes online in the latest installment of the "MoveTube" series in The Guardian. By Judith Mackrell.
With Picasso, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Cocteau among those collaborators, it's not surprising that Ballets Russes has since become a cultural legend. Yet the truth is, that very few of its original works can still deliver the shock and awe that were first claimed for them. Among the few survivors I'd count the Royal Ballet's staging of Nijinska's 1923 masterpiece Les Noces, and any great performance of Balanchine's Apollo (although that work has been much revised and redesigned since its 1928 premiere). I'd also include Massine's Parade for the still-astounding freshness of its Satie score and the novelty of its cubist aesthetic.