Diaghilev & The Golden Age of the Ballet Russes 1909-1929

Serge Diaghilev and Igor Stravinsky
Serge Diaghilev & Igor Stravinsky

I was excited to hear that this week on the 25th of September an exhibition on Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev (1872-1929), Серге́й Па́влович Дя́гилев, Serge de Diaghileff, Sergey Dyaguileff and the Ballet Russes will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

The man was known as a dictator, devil, charlatan, sorcerer, charmer, and it was this unique character and driving ambition which caused a ferment in European culture.  Diaghilev’s greatest achievement was his dance company – the Ballets Russes. Created a century ago, the productions of the Ballets Russes revolutionised early 20th-century arts.

He left few personal possessions, but offers all of us an astonishing legacy of music, dance and art.  I for one shall be booking tickets imminently!

The exhibition runs from 25 September 2010 – 9 January 2011

Adult tickets are priced at £10, concessions are available

To find out more visit www.vam.ac.uk

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