The Principality of Monaco is Celebrating One Hundred Years of Sergey Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes on 96.3FM WQXR
An endlessly fascinating impresario, he introduced the Ballets Russes to their new home in Monaco with such dancers as Nijinsky and Pavlova and for two decades ingeniously assembled the era’s most brilliant creative minds like Cocteau and Picasso, Coco Chanel, Robert Delaunay and Natalia Goncharova and inspired them to produce some of their best work. His productions are still as relevant today, almost 70 years after his death and his commissions, ranging from the remarkable to the bizarre, are continually being recalled on stages around the world.
This year and into 2010, one hundred years after bursting onto the world’s stage and forever changing the face of dance art, the Principality is paying tribute to the magic, vision, dynamism and pioneering spirit of Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes in a series of programs and events in Monaco.
Inspired by his bold imagination and farsighted vision, 100 Years of Diaghilev will bring together world-renowned artists from a variety of cultures in a comprehensive series of dance and musical performances, exhibitions, films, an academic conference, as well as assorted artistic activities showcasing the origins, development and long term influence since debuting in 1909. The focus will be on the revolutionary enterprise known collectively as the Ballets Russes, through which Diaghilev combined dance, music and the visual arts in an unprecedented and astonishing way to transform popular culture.
To coincide with the Principality's celebrations to mark the centenary, some of which are listed below, this fall, the Monaco Government Tourist Office will launch its twelfth edition of “Making Music in Monaco”, dedicated to Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. From September 8 through 30, tune-in to 96.3FM WQXR to hear excerpts from some of the greatest classical compositions of the 20th century and win fabulous prizes from Monaco!
Cultural highlights planned for the Principality’s unique retrospective include:
- Monaco Dance Forum: From December 9 – 20 a series of ateliers (workshops and symposiums) and shows (including documentary presentations by Monaco’s Archives Audiovisuelles) are planned to pay homage to dancers, artists and performers, culminating on December 20 with the Cérémonie des Nijinsky (Nijinsky Awards), a tribute to the legendary Russian choreographer and dancer at the Grimaldi Forum. (www.monacodanceforum.com)
- The Monte-Carlo Opera and Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will join forces in December to perform Les Noces (The Wedding), Stravinsky’s ballet with vocals which the Ballets Russes premiered in 1923 with choreography by Bronislava Nijinska. This joint collaboration will continue as part of the 2010 Spring Arts Festival (April 5-18) with performances of Le Sacre du Printemps and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (commissioned by Diaghilev in 1909, Nijinsky danced the part of Daphnis at its 1912 Paris debut where Bakst designed the original sets.) (www.opera.mc)
- At the Grimaldi Forum Monaco on December 13-14, the Hamburg Ballet, under the direction of John Neumeier, will join with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Artistic Director, Maestro Yakov Kreizberg, for a special tribute, Nijinsky. (www.opmc.mc)
- Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: From December 23, 2009 through January 4, 2010, director and choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot presents new adaptations and recreations of the répertoire of the Ballets Russes - Shéhérazade, Les Noces, Le Spectre de la Rose, Le Sacre du Printemps. (www.balletsdemontecarlo.com)
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For more information, please contact the Monaco Government Tourist Office (MGTO) at 565 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10017; telephone (800) 753-9696 or (212) 286-3330; or e-mail info@VisitMonaco.com. Information and links are available via the Monaco Government Tourist Office web site at www.VisitMonaco.com.