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Sergei Diaghilev

(1872—1929) Russian ballet impresario

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Alexandre Benois

Alexandre Benois  

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(b St Petersburg, 4 May 1870; d Paris, 9 Feb. 1960)Russian painter and designer. One of the key figures of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Like Diaghilev he studied law at the University of St Petersburg ...
André Bauchant

André Bauchant  

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(b Château-Renault, Indre-et-Loire, 24 Apr. 1873; d Montoire-sur-le-Loir, 12 Aug. 1958).French naive painter. He was a market gardener until 1914 and did not begin painting until 1919, when he ...
André Derain

André Derain  

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(1880–1954)French painter and prominent member of the fauve group of artists.The Paris exhibition of Van Gogh's paintings in 1901 had a powerful effect on Derain's development as a painter. With ...
Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova  

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(1882–1931)Russian ballerina who, with her famous tours, popularized ballet throughout the world.Pavlova was born in St Petersburg. Her family was poor, as her father died when she was two, and even ...
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ballet  

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Entertainment in which dancers, by use of mime, etc., perform to mus. to tell a story or to express a mood. The ballet was largely developed in the courts of Fr. and It. during the 16th and 17th ...
Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo  

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A descendant of René Blum's Ballets de Monte Carlo, and part of the proliferation of companies which sprung up in the 1930s hoping to recapture the enormous popularity of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. ...
Chout

Chout  

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(Fr. spelling of Russ. Shut, buffoon).Ballet by Prokofiev (The Buffoon who out‐buffooned seven buffoons), his Op.21. First version 1915, rev. 1920. Prod. Diaghilev, Paris 1921. Based on A. ...
Christian Bérard

Christian Bérard  

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(b Paris, 20 Aug. 1902; d Paris, 13 Feb. 1949)French painter and designer. One of the co-founders of the Ballets des Champs-Elysées (with Petit and Kochno, 1945). He designed Balanchine's Cotillon ...
Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood  

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(b Knowsley, nr. Liverpool, 7 Apr. 1901; d Salisbury, 21 Aug. 1930).British painter, mainly of landscapes, harbour scenes, and figure compositions. In 1921 he studied at the Académie Julian ...
Cirque Olympique

Cirque Olympique  

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Paris playhouse, originally an equestrian amphitheatre, established by Philip Astley in 1782 (see Astley's Amphitheatre), then directed by the Franconi family for four decades. It specialized in ...
Coliseum

Coliseum  

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London Playhouse built by Oswald Stoll to designs by Frank Matcham and opened in 1904, seating nearly 3,000. Stoll's seasons mixed high with popular culture: the Marx Brothers appeared there ...
Dame Alicia Markova

Dame Alicia Markova  

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1910–2004)British prima ballerina, director, teacher, and co-founder of the London Festival Ballet. She was made a DBE in 1963.Born in London, Markova studied with Astafyeva, Cecchetti, Legat, and ...
Dame Marie Rambert

Dame Marie Rambert  

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1888–1982)Polish-born British ballet producer, director, and teacher who played a leading part in the establishment of English ballet. She was made a DBE in 1962.Born in Warsaw, Rambert studied ...
Dame Ninette de Valois

Dame Ninette de Valois  

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(orig. Edris Stannus; b Baltiboys, Ireland, 6 Jun. 1898; d London, 8 Mar. 2001)Irish-born British dancer, choreographer, teacher, and ballet director. Founder of the Royal Ballet and one of the ...
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Dance attendance on do one's utmost to please someone by attending to all their requests.dance of death a medieval allegorical representation in which a personified Death leads people to the grave, ...
Daphnis et Chloé

Daphnis et Chloé  

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Ballet (choreographic sym.) by Ravel in 3 scenes, choreog. Fokine, comp. 1909–12 to commission from Diaghilev, prod. Paris 1912, London 1914. Two concert suites arr. Ravel, No.1, 1911, No.2, 1913. ...
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Dance is a visual artform and the design of the stage and of the dancers' costumes naturally plays a major role in establishing the style and tone of any work. Narrative works may depend heavily on ...
Émile Jaques-Dalcroze

Émile Jaques-Dalcroze  

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(b Vienna, 6 Jul. 1865; d Geneva, 1 Jul. 1950)Swiss music teacher and theoretician. He was responsible for developing a system of training music students to understand rhythm by translating sounds ...
Erik Satie

Erik Satie  

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(b Honfleur, 1866; d Paris, 1925).Fr. composer and pianist, son of Fr. father and Scottish mother. Moved to Paris 1878. Worked as pianist in 1888 at Montmartre cabaret. In same year wrote his ...
Francis Poulenc

Francis Poulenc  

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(b Paris, 1899; d Paris, 1963).Fr. composer and pianist. Taught pf. by his mother. At 15 studied with Ricardo Viñes, who encouraged his ambition to compose and introduced him to Satie, Casella, ...

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