Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev was a Russian art critic, patron, ballet impresario and founder of the Ballets Russes, from which many famous dancers and choreographers would arise: A.Pavlova, T.Karsavina,  V. Nijinsky, M. Fokine, S. Lifar, L.Lopokova, D.Gould,  A.Markova, Valois, A.Dolin, G. Balanchine and many others. Originally conceived by impresario Sergei Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes is widely regarded as the most influential ballet company of the 20th century. Diaghilev commissioned works from composers such as Stravinsky, C. Debussy, and Prokofiev, artists such as Kandinsky, Benois, Picasso, and Matisse, and costume designers Bakst and Chanel. 
  Taking advantage of great success abroad, especially in France and the UK, "Russian ballets" had a significant impact not only on choreography, but also on the development of world art in General. The company's productions created a huge sensation, completely reinvigorating the art of performing dance, bringing many visual artists to public attention, and significantly affecting the course of musical composition. The influence of the Ballets Russes lasts to the present day.

"Portrait of Sergei Diagilev"

Author Rinat Kuramshin

Photo. The Theater Chatelet. Paris. Early 20th century

Photo. "Russian seasons"

by Sergei Diaghilev


S. Diaghilev and S. Lifar

Photo. Sergey Diaghilev's Troupe