American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Diaghilev, Sergei Pavlovich 1872-1929. Russian ballet impresario whose Ballets Russes company, founded in Paris in 1909, featured the extraordinary talents of, among others, the dancers Nijinsky and Pavlova, the choreographers Fokine and Massine, the composers Ravel and Stravinsky, and the artists Bakst and Picasso.
- n. Russian ballet impresario who founded the Russian ballet and later introduced it to the West (1872-1929)
“In this great anniversary year of the Ballets Russes, what we find when we look at Diaghilev is a great and sometimes monstrous example of the self-inventor as international guru of art.”
“Serge Diaghilev is convinced to take her to Paris with the Ballets Russes where she dances the title role of Cléopâtre.”
“His best and latest biographer, Sjeng Scheijen, a Russian speaker with access to previously unpublished family letters and archives, locates an enigma in Diaghilev growing up in such a remote place, a man who was to become "the ruler of European taste during one of its finest periods of cultural blossoming – perhaps the greatest theatre producer who ever lived ... a champion of beauty", emerging from a world bleaker than any in Chekhov (he would later invite Chekhov to be literary editor of his fortnightly journal).”
“Indeed, many of today's top ballet companies were formed by his dancers after his death, with the so-called Diaghilev diaspora creating New York City Ballet (George Balanchine), The Royal Ballet (Ninette de Valois), Ballet Rambert (Marie Rambert) and English National Ballet (Alicia Markova).”
“With all due respect to Roy, especially for recalling the Diaghilev anecdote in this context, the only thing that would have astonished Diaghilev is that the right is trying again to defend hypocrisy.”
“Filippo del Giudice was an extraordinary man, a kind of Diaghilev of the English cinema.”
“Founded in 1724 by Peter the Great, it had educated both sides of the October Revolution—Kerensky and Lenin—as well as numerous writers and artists, including the poets Gumilyov and Blok, the composer Stravinsky, and the ballet director and impresario Diaghilev.”
“Assouline/Assoulline.com Serge Diaghilev in costume As revolutionary as these dances were, they survive only in memories, props and pictures.”
“Diaghilev envisioned ballets as total works of art, made by bringing daring visual artists, composers and choreographers together with the finest dancers.”
“A video of what is strongly considered Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes has been discovered by London-based curator Jane Pritchard, who was responsible for the recent exhibition "Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes" at the Victoria and Albert Museum.”
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