Diaghilevs Ballets Russes
Originally conceived by Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes is widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century, in part because it promoted ground-breaking artistic collaborations among choreographers, composers, designers, and dancers, all at the forefront of their several fields. It involved composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy, and artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Coco Chanel.
The company's productions created a huge sensation, completely reinvigorating the art of performing dance, bringing many visual artists to public attention, and significantly affecting the course of musical composition. The influence of the Ballets Russes lasts to the present day.
The French plural form of the name “Ballets Russes” specifically refers to the company founded by Sergei Diaghilev and active during his lifetime. In English, the company is now commonly referred to as "the Ballets Russes", although in the early part of the 20th century it was sometimes rendered as “The Russian Ballet” or “Diaghilev’s Russian Ballet.” The names “Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo” and “The Original Ballet Russe” refer to other companies that formed after Diaghilev's death in 1929.
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