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Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Silver Age

Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Silver Age
Michael Meylac

Foreword by: Ismene Brown | Afterword by: John Neumeier

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The Ballets Russes was perhaps the most iconic, yet at the same time mysterious, ballet company of the twentieth century. Inspired by the unique vision of their founder Sergei Diaghilev, the company gained a large international following. In the mid-twentieth century - during the tumultuous years of World War II and the Cold War - the Ballets Russes companies kept the spirit and traditions of Russian ballet alive in the West, touring extensively in America, Europe and Australia. This important new book uncovers previously-unseen interviews and provides insights into the lives of the great figures of the age - from the dancers Anna Pavlova and Alicia Markova to the choreographers Leonide Massine, George Balanchine and Anton Dolin. The dancers' own words reveal what life was really like for the stars of the Ballets Russes and provide fascinating new insights into one of the most vibrant and creative groups of artists of the modern age.

Author Info

Michael Meylac is Professor of Russian Literature at the University of Strasbourg. He is the author of editions and studies of the Oberiou poets and of studies on the Provencal troubadours. Rosanna Kelly is an author and translator, based in London.


‘Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes is a fascinating series of interviews with dancers, choreographers and teachers of the diaspora of Russians following the Revolution and subsequently based in America, Australia and Europe. We must be grateful to Michael Meylac for recording these first-hand accounts in the years 1989-2007 from artists involved with the generations of companies generically known as Ballets Russes. To hear their voices is revealing.’ – Jane Pritchard, author of Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781780768595
Publication Date: 30 Oct 2017
Number of Pages: 288
Height: 228
Width: 155
Illustrations: 150 bw in 3x32pp plates

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