Ballets Russes – Special Lecture & Exhibition

Have you ever seen costumes by Picasso? Or by Matisse? Have you heard of and drooled over the costumes and sets from the Ballets Russes? The Ballets were rich with lavish exoticism of lush far away places, romance, leaping!Oh, the leaping and the costumes. I cannot describe how great they are and how much of an honor it is to be able to hear the curator speak of them in person. Our GFC students may have a special opportunity to be part of the exhibition…but I shouldn’t say anything just yet…. ;)

From Wikipedia ,because I don’t feel like it and have a bunch of stuff to do today:

“Originally conceived by impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes is widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century,[2] in part because it promoted ground-breaking artistic collaborations among young choreographers, composers, designers, and dancers, all at the forefront of their several fields. Diaghilev commissioned works from composers such as Igor Stravinsky and Claude Debussy, and artists such as Léon Bakst, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Matisse, and designer 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. It also introduced European and American audiences to tales, music and design motifs drawn from Russian folklore. The influence of the Ballets Russes lasts to the present day.

For his new productions, Diaghilev commissioned the foremost composers of the 20th century, including: Debussy, Milhaud, Poulenc, Prokofiev, Ravel, Satie, Respighi, Stravinsky, and Richard Strauss.

There will be a special lecture being held at Bunka Gakuen on February 24th at 4:30. The lecture is free to attend, will be in Japanese (but the images! and you will probably understand most of it…) and only 300 people will be able to attend.

The lecture will be given by Yayoi Motohashi, a curator at the National Art Center, Tokyo.

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Please be sure to also see the exhibition that will be starting in June at the National Art Center:

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Here are some of the pieces that MAY be on display. I just found them on the internet…so….most of the pieces will be borrowed from the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, so it really depends on what they feel like parting with.

Costume for ’Cléopâtre’ in the Ballets Russes production of ’Cléopâtre’ (Cleopatra) in  1918 Moulins_vetement L'Aprés-midi d'un Faune Daphnis et Chloe 1 16-leon-bakst-theredlist blue god-8 Daphnis et Chloe2 princeigor 439px-Léon_Bakst_001   ballet-russe2  6a00e54ffd96ba8834017ee8c6c598970d Bakst_-_Oiseau_de_feu_1913 1935.37  Ballets-Russes NijinskyKarsavinaPosterSize Salome - portrait of Tamara Karsavina by G Barbier, 1914  Serge Diaghilev, Ballets Russes 3413383-m_full Ballets Russes DiaghilevMain