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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Throwback Thursday and The Ballet Russe of the 1920s

Throwback Thursday and The Ballet Russe of the 1920s

The above photograph shows dancers of the Ballet Russe celebrating New Year’s Eve sometime during the 1920s. It made me wonder what things lay ahead of them after this photo was taken. Here’s a list:

In 1920 the ballets Le Chant du Rossignol was presented and two new works choreographed: Pulcinella and Le Astuzie Femminili.
In 1921 a full length version of The Sleeping Princess premiered. It was based on the well-known ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
In 1922 Aurora’s Wedding, a one-act version of The Sleeping Princess was presented.
In 1923, Les Noces  is presented in Paris.
In 1924 George Balanchine joins Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes as a dancer.
1925: Three new ballets debut, including Lac des Cygnes, a suite of dances from Swan Lake.
1926: Romeo and Juliet, La Pastorale, Jack in the Box and The Triumph of Neptune premiere.
1927: La Chatte, Mercure and Le Pas d'Acier, and  Igor Stravinsky's opera Oedipus Rex
1928: Ode and Apollon Musagète, and The Gods Go A-Begging premiere.

1929: Le Bal and Les Fils Prodigue (Prodigal Son) premiere. Diaghilev dies on August 19th in Venice, marking the end of an era.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid #97:  
“ The Ballet Russe premiered  many ballets in the 1920s.”

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