The Russian ballet is one of the most well-known and respected artistic institutions worldwide. Evidently, respect is well deserved, because it is a symbol of perfection, beauty and aesthetic experience through dance. But much of what this great institution is for the dancers of today, we owe it to Sergey Diághilev. Today we tell you everything you need to know about this man and figure.
Who was Sergei Diághilev?
Sergei Diaghilev was a famous businessman who created the 1909 Russian Ballets, with the best members of the Imperial Ballet of the Mariinsky Theater of Saint Petersburg. They were avant-garde and visionaries who decided to experience new trends, always under the concept Wagnerian Of art.
The first residence of the Russian ballet was the Théâtre Mogador in Paris, then in Monte Carlo, Paris and then in London. Sergey Diághilev's ballet company was a sensation and soon became the most important of his time and the most influential to this day.
Most important presentations of the Russian Ballet in chronological order:
1909 - Paris.
1910 - Brussels - Paris.
1911 - Paris - London - Monte Carlo - Rome.
1912 - Berlin - Budapest - London - Paris - Vienna.
1913 - South America - London - Lyon - Monte Carlo - Paris - Vienna.
1914 - London - Paris.
1915 - United States - Geneva - Italy.
1916 - United States.
1917 - South America - Barcelona - United States - Paris - Rome.
1918 - Barcelona - Madrid.
1919 - London - Paris.
1920 - Paris - Rome
1921 - Geneva - Lyon - Paris - Rome.
1922 - Antwerp - Brussels - Geneva - Ostend - Paris- Vienna.
1923 - Antwerp - Bern - Geneva - Lausanne - Monte Carlo - Paris.
1924 - Amsterdam - The Hague - Monte Carlo - Paris- Rotterdam.
1925 - Barcelona - Paris.
1926 - London - Monte Carlo - Paris - Vienna.
1927 - London - Monte Carlo - Paris
1928 - Brussels - Paris.
1929 - London - Paris - Vichy.
As you can see, the Ballet presentations end in the year 1929, the year in which Sergei Diághilev died. The story of this man is very curious. Actually, he was a professional in law, which had nothing to do with music, painting or art in general. But he had the necessary temperament to lead the cenacle of the most important artists of the time. Also, he had a peculiar gift for discovering talent in others and that was what helped to found the most successful ballet company of the century.
But that intuitive gift applied it to all the arts. Diághilev began directing exhibitions of impressionist painters. He gathered the most outstanding canvases according to his first sensations and mounted exquisite exhibitions. Then he went to the world of music, organized formidable operas at 1908. Finally he arrived at the dance and started an aesthetic movement different from everything that had been previously seen.
He focused on the choreography, the gesture, the decorations that until now had little or nothing of importance.
Champigneulle described this new art form by saying that ...
"The plasticity of the gesture and the rhythm of the sound were generated as one by the other".
It was something new and for 20 years it was the most important thing that happened in the world of dance.
But when Sergei Diághilev died in the 1929 year, the company's property was claimed by the creditors, and the dancers dispersed. However, the legacy endures to this day and will last for all eternity. The masterly Russian ballet was born to stay.