Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

Frolova-Walker's first Gresham lecture series is about the artistic project of the Ballets Russes, brainchild of the great impresario Serge Diaghilev. Prior to Diaghilev, no one thought that ballet could be transformed into a provocatively modern art, a platform for cutting-edge experiments in music, choreography and design. 

The project had its roots in Diaghilev’s inspired marketing of “Russianness” in the Parisian arts world, and he continued to develop his ideas until his circle had become an international hotbed of artistic innovation. “Surprise me!”, Diaghilev would say to anyone with a new proposal, and he did indeed bring about a stream of artworks that still surprise and delight us today.

Past Lectures In This Series
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Exporting Russia: Diaghilev’s Beginnings

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker
Tuesday, 24 September 2019 - 6:00PM
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The Ballets Russes: Courting the Exotic

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - 6:00PM
Future Lectures In This Series
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The Rite of Spring: A Failure and A Triumph

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 - 6:00PM
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The Ballets Russes: Playing with the Past

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 - 6:00PM
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The Ballets Russes: Turning French

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker
Tuesday, 7 April 2020 - 6:00PM
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Diaghilev and Prokofiev: Return to Emotion

Professor Marina Frolova-Walker
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 - 6:00PM