The Ballets Russes and Beyond

Title: The Ballets Russes and Beyond 
Author: Davinia Caddy 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 
Theme: Essays 
Format: Softcover 
Pages: 254 
Size: 7 x 9 inch 
Language: English 
Release date: October 2016 
ISBN: 9781316623633 


Belle-époque Paris witnessed the emergence of a vibrant and diverse dance scene, one that crystallized around the Ballets Russes, the Russian dance company formed by impresario Sergey Diaghilev. The company has long served as a convenient turning point in the history of dance, celebrated for its revolutionary choreography and innovative productions. This book presents a fresh slant on this much-told history. Focusing on the relation between music and dance, Davinia Caddy approaches the Ballets Russes with a wide-angled lens that embraces not just the choreographic, but also the cultural, political, theatrical and aesthetic contexts in which the company made its name. In addition, Caddy examines and interprets contemporary French dance practices, throwing new light on some of the most important debates and discourses of the day.