Want to know what we’ll all be doing as soon as we possibly can?
We’ll be going to this exhibition at the V&A, which opens tomorrow.
- It’s about ballet. Crow adores ballet – especially the exotic costumes and scenery. The costumes and scenery for the Ballets Russes were totally exotic. Picasso designed for them. So did Matisse. Crow’s in heaven just thinking about it.
- It’s got lots of cool, vintage outfits. My idea of heaven too. I’m guessing that the shop will be full of gorgeous, vintage-inspired yummy stuff. Christmas presents, here I come. (Oh, and the most famous male dancer in the Ballets Russes was Nijinsky, who had an extremely high jump and was basically A-MA-ZING. Not that I’m influenced by that at all.)
- There’s loads about the history of the company, the composers who worked with Diaghilev and other nerdy-type stuff that Edie will enjoy.
- The Ballets Russes were totally theatrical. Jenny has two left feet, but even she’s excited.
This is what the blurb says. But ignore the blurb. Just look at the pictures on the web. Purdy.
Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929
25 September 2010 – 9 January 2011
Diaghilev’s dramatic performances transformed dance, reawakening interest in ballet across Europe and America. Celebrating the company’s key period of activity, this major exhibition reveals Diaghilev’s enduring influence on 20th-century art, design and fashion and includes more than 300 objects including giant theatre cloths, original costumes, set designs, props and posters by artists and designers including Léon Bakst, Georges Braque and Natalia Goncharova. These tell the story of a company which began in the social and political upheaval of pre-Revolutionary Russia and went on to cause a sensation with exotic performances that had never been seen before.