Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes: Four Women of Influence in a Man’s World


Day course

Bridgett Vane

17 February 2021


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A ballerina, a choreographer, an artist and a patroness Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes was a roll call for early 20th Century creative talent – a remarkable company of dancers, composers, artists, writers, and chorographers.   At a time when so many institutions were completely male-dominated, Diaghilev recruited strong women whom he admired, championed and relied upon.

This talk will look at four such women: the ballerina Tamara Karsavina,the ballerina/choreographer Bronislava Ninjinska.  Her designer was Natalia Goncharova, a rising star within Moscow’s avant-garde movement.  Finally there is Misia Sert described as ‘a collector of geniuses, all of them in love with her’.   All four women are fascinating and their contribution to the Ballets Russes and beyond is incalculable. We will explore each of these influential women through discussion, archive film clips and DVDs to illustrate.

Tutor information

Bridgett Vane trained as a dancer and dance teacher. After running a dancing and theatrical retail business, she was press and marketing manager for Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre. A former dance adviser to Southern Arts Association, she was a founder of Southampton Dance Circle, and assisted in the running of the Southern Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing. Bridgett’s work is based on extensive up-to-the-minute research, combining her knowledge and engagement with ballet and dance with a passion for history.

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