See a portion of the film Nijinsky (37 minutes) and Ballet Russes, part 1 (55 minutes) at today's session on ballet.
The Ballet Russes was conceived by Sergei Diaghilev in 1909 to present Russian dancers to the world outside of Russia. This beginning is covered in the film, Nijinsky. Vaslav Nijinsky was the principal male dancer and lover of Diaghilev. The film excerpt includes Mikhail Fokine, choreographer, Baron Gunzberg, financier, Leon Baskt, designer, Tamara Karsavina, principal female dancer, Romola de Pulsky, a dancer, and Maestro Cecchetti, ballet master. The part of Cechetti is played by Anton Dolin, who was a member of Diaghilev's Ballet Russes.
Ballet Russes is about the 1931 Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo created by Rene Blum and Wassily de Basil two years after Diaghilev's death. A falling out between the two founders led to a split into two ballet companies, later reunited in 2000. The film traces this story, with commentary by members of the companies and film of their performance days.
Join arts enthusiast Jack Brin for today's film and conversation about music and the arts at Prosser Public Library in the community room. Registration is appreciated.