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Unique Video of Diaghilevs Ballets Russes Found in Britain
2.02.2011 15:51
Unique Video of  Diaghilevs Ballets Russes  Found in Britain

The only existing original video with performance of Sergei Diaghilevs world-famed company Ballets Russes (Russian Ballet) has been found in Britain.
      The unknown newsreel kept in the British Pathé online archive, was noticed by Susan Eastwood, a member of the London Ballet Circle. She assumed that it was Diaghilevs company, the opinion later confirmed by Jane Pritchard, curator of the recent exhibition about Ballets Russes at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
      The black-and-white footage is just a minute long and shows only 30 seconds of dancing. Presumably, it was filmed at the annual flower festival at Montreux, Switzerland in 1928. It is an episode from Les Sylphides, with Serge Lifar as the lead dancer. The film is of very poor quality, and was most likely shot secretly: Sergei Diaghilev forbade filming his ballets on a movie camera.
      Ballets Russes or Russian Seasons organized by impresario Sergei Diaghilev performed in Europe in 1909 - 1929 with tremendous success and became known as one of the brightest culture phenomena in Europe. Names of illustrious ballets dancers, such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina and Anna Pavlova and influential choreographers Michael Fokin, Leonid Myasin and George Balanchin are associated with Ballets Russes.
Author: Vera Ivanova


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