Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Golden Age

Author(s): Michael Meylac


The Ballets Russes was perhaps the most iconic, yet at the same time mysterious, ballet company of the twentieth century. Inspired by the unique vision of their founder Sergei Diaghilev, the company gained a large international following. In the mid-twentieth century - during the tumultuous years of World War II and the Cold War - the Ballets Russes companies kept the spirit and traditions of Russian ballet alive in the West, touring extensively in America, Europe and Australia. This important new book uncovers previously-unseen interviews and provides insights into the lives of the great figures of the age - from the dancers Anna Pavlova and Alicia Markova to the choreographers Leonide Massine, George Balanchine and Anton Dolin. The dancers' own words reveal what life was really like for the stars of the Ballets Russes and provide fascinating new insights into one of the most vibrant and creative groups of artists of the modern age.


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Michael Meylac is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Strasbourg. He is the author of editions and studies of the Oberiou poets and of studies on the Provencal troubadours. Rosanna Kelly is an author and translator, based in London.

Introduction : Russia and Europe: A Transparent BarrierPart I: Les Ballets Russes de Serge de Diaghilev, Les Ballets Russes de Colonel de Basil and the Ballet Russe de Monte-Carlo 1. Working with Diaghilev2. The Baby Ballerinas3. Working with the Ballets Russes de Colonel de Basil and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo4. The Ballets Russes in Australia 5. The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in AmericaPart II: Marquis de Cuevas and Others6. Serge Lifar7. Nina VyroubovaPart III: The Next Generation8. Pierre Lacotte9. Three Portraits10. The Canadian ballet11. The Netherlands BalletPart IV: The Heirs of the Russian Tradition12. American balletPart V: The Mariinsky TheatrePart VI: The Wandering Stars13. Rudolf Nureyev14. Natalia Makarova15. Mikhail Baryshnikov16. Two PortraitsPostscript, List of Illustrations, Index

General Fields

  • : 9781780768595
  • : I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd.
  • : I.B.Tauris
  • : March 2015
  • : 228mm X 155mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : July 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 150 bw in 3x32pp plates
  • : Michael Meylac
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 792.809041
  • : 288