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  1. In the course of my Ballets Russes pilgrimage last November I viewed the two exhibitions in St Petersburg. While I was happy to have seen them, neither was equal to those of Stockholm or Moscow. The posters announcing Dance: To the 100th Anniversary of Sergey Diaghilev’s Russian Seasons in Paris at the State Hermitage Museum were all over the city. Finding the actual display in the labyrinth of the Hermitage was another thing, however. In fact, I walked right through it the first time thinking what I saw was in some way a teaser for the real thing. But that was it: a handful of original c
  2. A number of Diaghilev exhibitions past, present, and future have yet to be noticed in the Western press so I will venture a brief summary. Schwäne und Feuervögel: die Ballets Russes, 1909 – 1929 Deutsches Theatermuseum, Munich Feb 18, 2009 – May 24, 2009 Österreichischen Theatermuseum, Vienna June 25, 2009 – Sept 27, 2009 Catalog by Claudia Jeschke & Nicole Haitzinger (Leipzig: Henschel, 2009) 176pp I am listing the contents as this publication seems to have limited distribution. There are many beautifully reproduced illustrations, including several Roerich d
  3. Last year I had the occasion to visit the Ballets Russes exhibitions in Stockholm, St Petersburg and Moscow. I believe all of these have presently completed their runs so perhaps some brief summaries might interest since I have seen few reviews in the Western press. Tonight, the Dansmuseet in Stockholm. Several museums possess an original Ballets Russes costume or two in in their wardrobe collections, if they maintain them. Here in Los Angeles the LACMA has one from Chant du Rossignol. Pity that so many are scattered about. Happily the Dansmuseet has some 130+ and just about all of them
  4. > 'Appalachian Spring' of Copland, which is not a ballet, but is called one anyway. < Not only is it an original ballet score but quite possibly one of the most successful of the 20th century. It remained in the repertoir of the Martha Graham company for many seasons.
  5. I have seen the three Ballets Russes exhibitions currently on view in the U.S. several times. The collections of the NYPL are not blessed with abundance of visual materials to be found at the Harvard Theatre Collection or the Wadsworth Athenaeum. Since many of the items in the New York exhibition are on loan from private collections curato Lynn Garafola is to be congratulated for putting on an excellent show of Diaghilev material. There are costumes, only one of which is an actual Diaghilev original from the 1908 production of Boris Godunov. The rest are mostly from the Joffrey Company’s r
  6. I have yet to visit the Wadsworth exhibition and won't make it to the Harriman Center (Columbia University) but in the meanwhile I'll add my two thumbs up for the current Ballets Russes exhibition in the Pusey Library at Harvard University. The scope of the decor and costume designs displayed is breathtaking (most from the Howard Rothschild collection). Various portraits of the dancers (many of these are frequently reproduced in books). A smattering of programs, letters and signed contracts (the Harvard Theatre Collection has a large archive of these). Several manuscript/autograph scores o
  7. Paris has finally released the schedual for their Ballets Russes festivities. For the ballet perfmances: The Three-Cornered Hat' Le spectre de la rose L'Apres-midi d'un faune Petrouchka Dec 28 - 28, 2009 Ballet de l'Opera de Paris The Paris exhibition at the Bibliotheque-Musee de l'Opera de Paris, Salle Garnier Nov 2, 2009 - April 30, 2010 Les Ballets russes
  8. Three more Ballet Russes scheduals of performances not yet listed: Ballets Russes Les Sylphides Apollo The Dying Swan Schéhérazade The Rite of Spring (chor Kenneth MacMillan) L'Après-midi d'un faune (chor David Dawson) Le Spectre de la Rose June 16 - 20, 2009 English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells, London 100 Years of Les Ballets Russes Les Sylphides Scheherazade (chor Krzysztof Pastor) Le fils prodigue June 19 - 27, 2009 Het Nationale Ballet, Amsterdam Soirée Ballets Russes program not announced Dec 12 - 31, 2009 Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris The total number o
  9. The Diaghilev production of Las Meninas (decor/costumes by J-M Sert) was danced to the Pavane of Gabriel Fauré, an equally beautiful piece of music. A plan to enlarge this short ballet with three additional numbers (music by Aubert, Chabrier, and Ravel) never came to fruition. This unrealized production, entitled Les Jardins d'Aranjuez, is one of only three ballets that appear in the program books of the Ballets Russes but never actually achieved production.
  10. You don't have to wait for Boston and London. The McNay Art Museum of San Antonio opens their Ballets Russes exhibition June 7 through Aug. 17, 2008. The Tobin collection houses what is the second largest collection of costume designs for the Diaghilev company in America. The Dansmuseet of Stockholm has schedualed its Ballets Russes exhibition for May 18 - Nov 1, 2009. They possess one of the larger collections of actual costumes used by the Diaghilev company. The conference/exhibition at Boston University in conjunction with the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford will be held May 16-21, 2009
  11. 'Le portrait de l'Enfant' is set to three scores by Ravel: Pavane pour und Infante defunte, Alborada del gracioso, Rapsodie espagnole.
  12. At least 36 commercial recordings of the complete Daphnis et Chloé have appeared in the last 55 years. All but 2 have been issued on Compact Disc. Antal Dorati & Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra [lp only] mono Ernest Ansermet & l'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1st recording) mono Désiré-Emil Inghelbrecht & l'Orchestre du Théâtre des Champs-Elysées mono Charles Munch & Boston Symphony Orchestra (1st recording) Pierre Monteux & London Symphony Manuel Rosenthal & l'Orchestre du Théâtre National de l'Opéra de Paris Charles Munch & Boston Symphony Orchestra (2nd
  13. Here's a new CD release that may interest the 19th-century afficionado: Ferdinand Herold (1791-1833): La Somnambule, ou L’Arivée d’un nouveau seigneur, ballet-pantomime en trois actes choreography by Jean-Pierre Aumer (1774-1833) libretto: Eugène Scribe premiere: 19 Jan. 1827, Paris Opéra Richard Bonynge & Orchestra of Victoria, Australia MELBA MR 301087 timing 60:30 I'm happy to see Mr. Bonynge continue his efforts in forgotten ballet scores. Incidentally, it was this ballet which provided the inspiration for Bellini's opera four years later. PHENBY
  14. According to the Amazon website last year's documentary, Ballets Russes, is headed for DVD release on Sept. 12. I did not see it during the theatrical release, such as it was in Los Angeles. Hope to enjoy it as much as everyone else did! PHENBY
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