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12 Facts About Ballets Russes
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.
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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.
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9. Ballets Russes was invited by Sergei Diaghilev to join the Ballets Russes as a choreographer.
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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).
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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.
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