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Prospect recommends: In The Spirit of Diaghilev

By Emma Crichton-Miller  

One hundred years ago the great Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev founded his itinerant company, Les Ballets Russes.  Based in Paris, but largely composed of Russian dancers fleeing political turmoil at home, Les Ballets Russes brought a wild creative energy to ballet at a time when, in Europe at least, it had nearly died of boredom. Charismatic and inspired, Diaghilev persuaded leading artists, composers, dancers and choreographers to collaborate on works that…

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