Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes – Exploring His First Three Great Ballets: The Firebird, Petrouchka and The Rite of Spring


Day course

Bridgett Vane

28 October 2020


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The words Ballets Russes and Serge Diaghilev are synonymous with the extraordinary period 1909-1929 when the history of ballet changed forever.   Diaghilev was neither a composer nor choreographer – his genius lay in his ability to seek out new talent and one such early discovery was Igor Stravinsky.

All three ballets were very Russian creations, the product of unique collaborations with the best Russia artists assembled by Diaghilev: designers Alexander Benois, Léon Bakst and Nicholas Roerich; choreographers Fokine and Nijinsky; dancers such as Karsavina, Bolm, Nijinsky and Cecchetti.

We will explore each ballet using film clips 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.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.