A Man for All Seasons: Enrico Cecchetti and the Ballets Russes

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This article investigates the relationships between Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti and Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes by drawing upon a number of rare and hitherto unpublished sources.

A Man for All Seasons: Enrico Cecchetti and the Ballets Russes

in Experiment




Cyril W. BeaumontEnrico Cecchetti A Memoir (London: C. W. Beaumont1929) pp. 34-35. See also Olga Racster The Master of Russian Ballet (London: Hutchinson 1922) p. 226. In Ractser however the anecdote reads: “I think the whole thing has been made by four idiots. First M. Stravinsky who wrote the music. Second: M. Bakst who did the décor. Third: M. Nijinsky who is the choreographist. Fourth: M. Diaghilev who has put so much money into it!”


Cyril Beaumont and Stanislas IdzikowskiA Manual of the Theory and the Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing (Méthode Cecchetti) (London: C. W. Beaumont1922).


BeaumontEnrico Cecchetti pp. 25-26.


See Toby Bennett and Giannandrea Poesio“Mime in Cecchetti’s Method,” Dance Research18 No. 1 (Summer 2000) pp. 31-43.


Anon.“Echo of the Theaters,” Peterburgskaia Gazeta26 May 1878 p. 3.


BeaumontEnrico Cecchetti p. 26.

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