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Russian American Cultural Center Presents Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy, at Columbia University

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Presents:

A Reception for:
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
(Diaghilev Bio)
Curated by Regina Khidekel

Russian Stage Design
At the
Harriman Institute at Columbia University
(Harriman Institute Website)
420 West 118th Street & Amsterdam Avenue
New York, New York

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 16, 2009


(See a Review of a Ballet about Diaghilev and Nijinsky)

(See a Review of a Play abut Diaghilev and Nijinsky)

The Russian American Cultural Center (RACC) presented Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy at Columbia University's Harriman Institute, and today was the reception, with wine, cheese, and very interesting company. Regina Khidekel greeted the reception guests, talking about the Russian impresario, Serge Diaghilev, in whom I have always been fascinated. According to RACC, the Harriman Institute exhibition features stage design drawings for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, as well as stage designs for Diaghilev's theatre and opera productions, dating from 1910 to 1969. Diaghilev's most famous Ballets Russes dancer, who was also a choreographer, was Vaslav Nijinsky. Much has been written about their relationship.

Avante-garde Russian artists created watercolor and gouache paintings of set and costume designs for theatre, opera, and ballet. These artists include N. Roerikh, G. Yakulov, B. Erdman, B. Ferdinandov, L. Khidekel, T. Bruni, P. Tchelitchev, A. Tishler, N. Akimov, G. Boriskovich, I. Sevastianov and more. When The Ballets Russes used sets designed by artists, rather than professional theatrical decorators, a new era in theatrical ballet occurred. Diaghilev commissioned Russian artists as scenographers and designers for the Ballets Russes, making The Ballets Russes a sumptuous aesthetic experience in the early 1900's.



Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Opening Reception
Russian Stage Design Exhibition
Homage to Diaghilev: Enduring Legacy
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower


Elena Tamrucci (18981983),
set design for "Coming Towards the Lightning"
(ca.1960s) by Y. German
Courtesy of The Russian American Cultural Center


Vadim Rindin (1902-1974), Gypsy,
costume design for "In Winter Night"
(1946) by I. Dzerszinsky
Courtesy of The Russian American Cultural Center


Elena Tamrucci (18981983),
stage design for "Carmen"
Courtesy of The Russian American Cultural Center


Ivan Sevastianov (b.1920),
costume design for "The Barber of Seville" (1948)
by G. Rossini, Saratov Opera and Ballet Theater
Courtesy of The Russian American Cultural Center


Ivan Sevastianov (b.1920),
costume design for "Carmen" (1944)
by G. Bise, Saratov Opera and Ballet Theater
Courtesy of The Russian American Cultural Center


Mikhail Bobishov,
stage design for "The Bat" (1935)
by I. Strauss, Leningrad Theater of Musical Comedy
Courtesy of The Russian American Cultural Center




For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net