“Engulfed in a Whirlwind”: Diaghilev’s Dancers in the Postwar Ballets Russes

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Abstract

During Worl War I and the postwar period, the Ballets Russes bacame a truly international company, forced to absorb and adapt to the very latest trends in contemporary Western culture. This article describes the challenges facing dancers in the post-war period.

“Engulfed in a Whirlwind”: Diaghilev’s Dancers in the Postwar Ballets Russes

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References

1)

Ninette de ValoisCome Dance With Me: A Memoir 1898-1956 (London, 1957; rpt. London: Dance Books1973) p. 87.

2)

Ibid. p. 82.

3)

Bernard TaperBalanchine: A Biography (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press1984) p. 45.

6)

De ValoisCome Dance With Me p. 82.

7)

TaperBalanchine p. 133.

8)

De ValoisCome Dance With Me p. 71.

9)

Alexandra DanilovaChoura: The Memoirs of Alexandra Danilova (New York: Knopf1986) p. 47.

10)

Ibid. p. 45.

11)

Ibid. p. 47. See also Tamara GevaSplit Seconds: A Remembrance (New York: Harper and Row1984).

12)

DanilovaChoura p. 64.

13)

De ValoisCome Dance With Me p. 83.

14)

Ibid. p. 83.

19)

SokolovaDancing for Diaghilev p. 158.

21)

De ValoisCome Dance With Me p. 85.

23)

SokolovaDancing for Diaghilev p. 117.

24)

Ibid. pp. 197 200.

27)

SokolovaDancing for Diaghilev p. 119.

29)

SokolovaDancing for Diaghilev p. 164.

30)

Ibid. p. 159.

31)

Ibid. p. 170.

32)

Ibid. pp. 170-71. Sokolova left the hotel incident out of her memoirs but told it off the record to Richard Buckle who recounted it in his biography of Diaghilev noting that Vera Stravinsky had told him the same story. See Richard Buckle Diaghilev (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1979) p. 371.

33)

GrigorievThe Diaghilev Ballet pp. 161-62.

34)

SokolovaDancing for Diaghilev p. 173.

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    Viktor Bulla: Photograph of Lenin making a speech on Palace (Uritsky) Square in Petrograd on 19 July, 1920. Lenin, closest to the parapet, is facing the Alexander Column, while behind him is the Winter Palace. George Balanchine is somewhere in the crowd.

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    George Balanchine and Tamara Geva in Petrograd, 1923.

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    Portrait of Nina (Ninette) Devalois (Ninette de Valois).

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    Adolf Bolm, Serge Grigoriev, Léonide Massine, Lydia Sokolova, Hilda Bewick, Serge Diaghilev, Lydia Lopokova, Lubov Tchernicheva, Olga Kokhlova, and Nicholas Kremnefff leaving Chicago on board a train during their American tour in 1916. Photograph courtesy of the Glinka Museum of Theatrical and Musical Art, St. Petersburg.

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    Lydia Sokolova as the Chosen Maiden in Le Sacre du Printemps, London, 1920. Reproduced from Richard Buckle, ed.: Dancing for Diaghilev. The Memoirs of Lydia Sokolova (New York: Macmillan, 1962), between pp. 166-67.

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