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Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

Following director Sergei Diaghilev’s death in 1929 and the subsequent fragmentation of the Ballets Russes, two rival dance troupes emerged as successors:  René Blum and Léonide Massine’s Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and Colonel Wassily de Basil’s Original Ballet Russe.  Both companies toured the United States extensively during the late 1930s to early 1950s, and these ensembles—along with the Ballet Theatre—contributed to the popularity of dance in postwar America.  Shown here are souvenir programs from these companies featuring sets and costumes by Léon Bakst, Andres Derain, Henri Matisse and Isamu Noguchi.  

S. Hurok Presents: Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Season 1940-1941 illustrating Salvador Dali’s set and costume designs for Bacchanale

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Season 1947-48

The Ballet Theatre Annual: 1949–1950

Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Season 1946-47

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