12 Facts About Ballets Russes

1. Ballets Russes was an itinerant ballet company begun in Paris that performed between 1909 and 1929 throughout Europe and on tours to North and South America.

FactSnippet No. 184,224 - en.wikipedia.org

2. Originally conceived by impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes is widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century, in part because it promoted ground-breaking artistic collaborations among young choreographers, composers, designers, and dancers, all at the forefront of their several fields.

FactSnippet No. 184,225 - en.wikipedia.org

3. Ballets Russes was uniquely prepared for the role; born into a wealthy Russian family of vodka distillers, he was accustomed to moving in the upper-class circles that provided the company's patrons and benefactors.

FactSnippet No. 184,226 - en.wikipedia.org

4. When Sergei Diaghilev died of diabetes in Venice on 19 August 1929, the Ballets Russes was left with substantial debts.

FactSnippet No. 184,227 - en.wikipedia.org

5. Ballets Russes was even more remarkable for raising the status of the male dancer, largely ignored by choreographers and ballet audiences since the early 19th century.

FactSnippet No. 184,228 - en.wikipedia.org

6. Ballets Russes graduated in 1907 and joined the Imperial Ballet where he immediately began to take starring roles.

FactSnippet No. 184,229 - en.wikipedia.org

7. Massine's most famous creations for the Ballets Russes were Parade, El sombrero de tres picos, and Pulcinella.

FactSnippet No. 184,230 - en.wikipedia.org

8. Ballets Russes's trained at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg, joining the Imperial Ballet company in 1908.

FactSnippet No. 184,231 - en.wikipedia.org

9. Ballets Russes was invited by Sergei Diaghilev to join the Ballets Russes as a choreographer.

FactSnippet No. 184,232 - en.wikipedia.org

10. Ballets Russes's began designing for the Ballets Russes in 1921.

FactSnippet No. 184,233 - en.wikipedia.org

11. Ballets Russes was responsible for commissioning the first two significant British-composed ballets: Romeo and Juliet and The Triumph of Neptune (composed in 1926 by Lord Berners).

FactSnippet No. 184,234 - en.wikipedia.org

12. Posters recalling the surge of creativity that surrounded the Ballets Russes included Pablo Picasso's iconic image of the Chinese Conjuror for the audacious production of Parade and Jean Cocteau's poster for Le Spectre de la rose.

FactSnippet No. 184,235 - en.wikipedia.org