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A Biography On Serge Diaghilev. Goes Into His Life, Dances, Performers, And Includes A Bibliography

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Serge DiaghilevBy Lindsey CobbSerge Diaghilev was born on March 19, 1872, in Perm, Russia. (Cochran) Diaghilev had a stepmother, but there were no professional dancers in his family. (Waters, 1) He attended St. Petersburg for law school, but soon left school because he had a love of the arts. (Mara, 44)Diaghilev worked for Imperial theaters, and later, in 1911, formed his own company, the Ballet Russes. In 1899, He created his own magazine, Mir Isskoustva, which means The World of Art. Also in 1899, he was appointed to the staff of Imperial Theaters. (Mara, 44)When Diaghilev worked for Imperial Ballet, Michel Fokine was a main choreographer. Some of the main dancers with the company were Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Vaslav Nijinsky, Adolph Bolm, and Mikhail Mordkin. (Mara, 45)One of Diaghilev's most well known dances was The ...view middle of the document...

(Anderson, 76)In 1909 Diaghilev produced a ballet called Les Sylphides. (Woodruff, 180) Mikhail Fokine choreographed it. Fokine originally choreographed it as a short piece for Anna Pavlova. The next year he expanded it and called it "Danses sur la musique de Chopin". After another year he revised and enlarged it again calling it "Chopiniana". Three months later, with yet another title, it premiered for the Ballet Russes as Les Sylphides. (Ballet Web)In 1910, Diaghilev produced Giselle. Mikhail Fokine choreographed it, and Igor Stravinsky composed the music. Though Giselle had been preformed before, it was not a hit. But when Diaghilev produced it, it became popular. Now, most forms of Giselle carry a influence from Diaghilev. Serge Lifar, a former dancer for Diaghilev, danced as Albrecht. (Laurent)Diaghilev only used Russian dancers and choreographers at the beginning of his career, but later allowed people from various places to work with him. (Woodruff, 180) "An imposing personality, he was associated with dancers of the first rank, such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina, Anna Pavlova, Alicia Markova, and Anton Dolin. His choreographers included Léonide Massine, Bronislava Nijinska, and George Balanchine; Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Dukas, Falla, Milhaud, and Richard Strauss wrote music that was first performed by his company, and Picasso and Derain often worked with him as scene designers." ( Diaghilev directed about 80 ballets and operas. (Woodruff, 180)Serge Diaghilev died August 19, 1929, in Venice, Italy. (Cochran)BibliographyAnderson, Jack. Dance. New York: Newsweek Books, 1974.Ballet WebCochran, Alex.Fowler, Jim and Cat Atkinson. A tribute of Serge Diaghilev. 1997.Laurent, Stephan.Mara, Thalia. The Language of Ballet. Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1966.Waters, Cara. The Ballets Russes and the Designers, Composers, and Dancers. 1991.Woodruff, Dianne L., "Serge Diaghilev." World Book Encyclopedia: World Book Inc., 1993

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