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

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  • 1 University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK

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Abstract

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Italian ballet master Enrico Cecchetti and Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes by drawing upon a number of rare and hitherto unpublished sources.

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    Cyril W. Beaumont, Enrico Cecchetti, A Memoir (London: C. W. Beaumont, 1929), 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!”

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    Cyril Beaumont and Stanislas Idzikowski, A Manual of the Theory and the Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing (Méthode Cecchetti) (London: C. W. Beaumont, 1922).

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    Beaumont, Enrico Cecchetti, pp. 25-26.

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    See Toby Bennett and Giannandrea Poesio, “Mime in Cecchetti’s Method,” Dance Research, 18, No. 1 (Summer 2000), pp. 31-43.

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    Anon., “Echo of the Theaters,” Peterburgskaia Gazeta, 26 May 1878, p. 3.

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    Beaumont, Enrico Cecchetti, p. 26.

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