Diaghilev's Ballets Russes Summary

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Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes by Lynn Garafola provides an in depth look of the history of twentieth century ballet through a focus on the influences of the Ballets Russes. Though this company only existed for twenty years, its presence transformed ballet. Garafola covers many topics in this book, providing a comprehensive summary of several topics, including art, enterprise, and audience. Prior to Garafola’s Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes most of what was known about the Ballets Russes was based on reiterations of the gossip surrounding the company’s famous men. Garafola looks past this indecent view of Diaghilev’s artistic abilities using a meticulous and methodical record of the aesthetics, economics, and the public reactions surrounding ballet

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