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date: 24 September 2020

Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, Les 

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance

Debra Craine,

Judith Mackrell

Company founded in 1932 to succeed the Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. It was a fusion of the Ballets de l'Opéra de Monte Carlo and the Ballet de l'Opéra Russe à Paris, with Colonel de Basil as director and René Blum as artistic director. Many former members of the Diaghilev troupe joined the new Monte Carlo-based company, including Kochno (artistic adviser), Balanchine (who was appointed ballet master), and Massine. The addition of the three ‘baby ballerinas‘, Baronova, Riabouchinska, and Toumanova, generated additional publicity. The company gave its first full season in Monte Carlo on ... ...

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