Diaghilev Festival: Russian Seasons of the XXI Century at the London Coliseum, celebrating the legendary dance impresario Sergei Diaghilev. The season presents a series of revivals and re-stagings of ballets that he commissioned that have since gone on to become a major part of the dance repertoire.
Programme ONE: Tuesday 12 – Sunday 17 April 2011
THE BLUE GOD & FIREBIRD
Programme TWO: Tuesday 12 – Sunday 17 April 2011
THAMAR & SCHEHERAZADE
Programme THREE: Tuesday 12 – Sunday 17 April 2011
LE PAVILLION d’ARMIDE, BOLERO & L’APRES-MIDI D’UN FAUNE
Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929), founder of the Ballets Russes company, was an extraordinarily gifted impresario, curator and director pushing the boundaries of all the art forms he worked within. His company, which survived a twenty-year rollercoaster of phenomenal successes and crippling financial problems, revolutionised not only ballet but also opera through innovative music, design and choreography.
A consummate producer, he worked with avant-garde composers and artists, putting composers like Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky together with designers such as Bakst and Goncharova or the emerging artists like Picasso and Matisse. Diaghilev made a major contribution to the introduction of Modernism and though his initiatives were succeeded by new trends and styles, no one single person has changed the course of art so radically since his time.
“Les Saison Russes du XX1 sicles” is initiated by ‘People’s Artist of Russia’ Andris Liepa, a world ballet star and son of one of Diagheliv’s choreographers Maris Liepa, with his father’s non-commercial organisation, The Maris Liepa Foundation.