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date: 14 May 2021

Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev, Les 

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance

Debra Craine,

Judith Mackrell

The company formed in 1909 by the Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev to bring Russian dance to the West. Its success in combining dance, music, and design to often radical effect and its electrifying roll call of dancers meant that its appearances in Europe before the First World War sparked an international ballet boom, while its dissolution two decades later prompted the establishment of schools and companies throughout Europe and N. America, many of them run by former ... ...

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