Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Lecture "Exiled Beauty: The Ballets Russes from Diaghilev's St. Petersburg to Balanchine' New York" by Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza

Wed, September 23, 2009 | Tom Lea Romm, Harry Ransom Center 3.206

11:30 AM

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, The Department of Theatre and Dance,

The Harry Ransom Center, and Ballet Austin present:

Exiled Beauty: The Ballets Russes from Diaghilev‘s St. Petersburg to Balanchine‘s New York

2009 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Ballets Russes by Sergei Diaghilev. In 

September 2009, CREEES will celebrate the centennial of this milestone in cultural history with a symposium of events featuring films, talks, discussions, and an exhibition of original costumes and scene designs. 

Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza

Can any culture have a better ambassador than its art? Founded in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev in St. Petersburg, the Ballets Russes brought dance, music and art together to enchant an emerging, troubled, modern world. In the years before and after the world wars especially, this company drew upon the collaborative potential of a unique generation of artists. From Stravinsky’s and Debussy’s radical music, to Pavlova’s and Nijinsky’s unforgettable, graceful strength, the Ballets Russes combined sensuality and modernity in unforgettable visual and acoustic events. The provocation of “The Afternoon of the Faun” and of “The Rite of Spring” spread from Paris to New York and Buenos Aires and changed modern art and taste forever.

September 23 


Tom Lea Room,

Harry Ransom Center 3.206

Léon Bakst: Costume design for Nijinsky as faun, 1912.

Attendees at these Ballets Russes events will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to win two tickets to the Ballet Austin Season Opener of The Firebird and Swan Lake (Act II). The drawing will be held after the final film screening on September 24. Thanks to Ballet Austin for the generous donation!

For more information, please contact Allegra Azulay at (512) 471-7782 or

Visit the CREEES calendar for more Ballets Russes-related films, exhibits, and Ballet Austin performances.


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