In 1909 who’s who of Persian society turned out to attend performances that would be like nothing anyone had seen before. A group of Russian dancers, choreographers, artists, and musicians put on a show that would take ballet to a new level of artistic expression. The catalyst for the company was an impresario who wanted to revitalize dance through his daring innovations. His name was Sergei Diaghilev.
He was a very remarkable man; he was a mixture of a napoleon of the arts and Renaissance man. Also, he brought fantastic painters, and a beautiful backdrop to see screaming colors. Also, he brought virile male dancers and beautiful ballerinas with extraordinary music. All his pieces of art burst on the scene. He was able to produce something colorful and unique.
His invention was brilliant and a new experimental radical, and it was a wild success. The invention of his art form or ballet most people still remember today’s real blockbusters of the early 20th century. Like it, many ways changed the course not only of the choreography but of modern music also.
Sergei Diaghilev was not himself a dancer, choreographer, or composer. But he was the impresario so the show couldn’t go on without him. He was the man who held everything together, and he was the one who found the collaborators who commissioned people. He sat on rehearsals, and he looked after the lights, he raised the money for everything. Alos, he was someone who did it all.
Sergei Diaghilev Ballet Russe left a lasting imprint on the dance world and forever changed the face of the ballet.
Diaghilev held a vast exhibition of Russian portrait painting as the taurine palace in St Petersburg in 1905 after his travel of Russia for a year. Russian portrait art was one of his specialties too. The very next year, he organized another exhibition of Russian art in Paris to Petit Palais. In 1907 he presented Russian music in Paris. In 1908 A production of Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov at Paris opera was a new start to an invention to return the following year with ballet and opera.
Diaghilev’s favorite lover was Nijinsky, among his all lovers. Leonide Massine replaced Nijinsky by providing his with love care and moments of love and happiness.
People who were close to Diaghilev or worked with him remarked him as a hard, demanding, and harsh taskmaster. One of the workers said she was afraid of him so much that he couldn’t look at his face directly.
He was a hard-working and innovative person. His aesthetic taste brought new everlasting change in the ballet dance. He used to stay around the rehearsals. He was too strict that, according to some other workers, he would shoot them down with one look or with a cold burning comment.
His personality had two sides different opposite of his rude and hard taskmaster one. He was very kind, and when he busted his bankrupt company in Spain, he gave his all cash to Lydia Sokolova for the medical care for her daughter.