The cover of the V&A exhibition catalogue entitled Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 (available at Museum Bookstore)

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929

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'A sumptuous illustrated catalog' -  International Herald Tribute

'This fascinating book should be on every ballet lovers’ gift list' - The New York Times

Diaghilev exhibition at V&A

Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929), was a Russian ballet impresario and founder of the revolutionary Ballets Russes dance company. The work of the Ballet Russes influenced 20th-century art, theatre, fashion and interior design. 

From 1909 to 1929, the impresario attracted the involvement of artists and designers (Picasso, Matisse, Chanel, Man Ray), composers (Stravinsky and Prokofiev),dancers (Nijinsky and Massine), and even a young George Balanchine.

Now, this major book, originally published to accompany a retrospective exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, that travelled to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, examines the origins, development, and long-term influence of the Ballets Russes, the company that showcased artistic collaboration at its finest and revolutionized ballet for all time. It pulls together the music, pictures, costumes, archives and art of the Ballets Russes to illustrate Diaghilev's working process, accomplishments and society.

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  • Author: Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance Collections, V&A 
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Date published: June 2015
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1851778355
  • Product Dimensions: 30.5 x 24.1 x 1.9 cm