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Dance 260 Research Project: Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

A guide to help student's in Bonnie Simoa's Group Choreography class perform research for their assignments.

Nijinsky and Diaghilev, 1911

a photo of Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Diaghilev

Stravinsky and Diaghilev, 1921

photo of Igor Stravinsky and Serge Diaghilev

Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes



  • ​Frédéric Chopin
    Example: Les Sylphides, from the American Ballet Theatre, a reconstruction of Michel Fokine's choreography for the Ballets Russes
  • Claude Debussy
    ​Example: Jeux, from the Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, a reconstruction of Nijinsky's choreography for the Ballets Russes:
  • Francis Poulenc
    Example: Les Biches, from the Bavarian State Ballet, a reconstruction of Bronislava Nijinska's choreography for the Ballets Russes. (First 42 minutes of video)
  • ​Sergei Prokofiev
  • ​Maurice Ravel
    Example: Daphnis et Chloé, from the Opéra national de Paris, choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, originally performed by the Ballets Russes.
  • ​Igor Stravinsky
    ​Example: The Firebird Suite, from the Kirov Ballet, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine, as originally performed by the Ballets Russes.



Some articles are from the International Encyclopedia of Dance (log in with your L# and LCC passphrase):


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