Special exhibits

Diaghilev’s ballet russes

May 19, 2009 marked the 100th anniversary of the debut performance of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Dance Collection Danse is celebrated this occasion with a gallery of images from our archives that relate to Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the subsequent Ballets Russes companies that followed with their own debuts in the 1930s.

Various portfolios in the DCD archives contain Ballets Russes programs, photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and flyers. The Rosemary Deveson and Nesta Toumine portfolios include letters to home written while touring with various Ballets Russes companies in the 1930s. They provide great insight into the intrigues, politics and exhausting work of being a Ballets Russes dancer. DCD also houses over 100 drawings of Ballets Russes dancers by Canadian artist Grant Macdonald.


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