Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes

After spending a week downtown at the Grand Hyatt for Tim's annual NCIL conference, we finally made it to the National Gallery to see Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. The exhibit was everything it promised to be, a showcase of the spectacle that occurs when artists, choreographers, composers, fashion designers and dancers come together. Admittedly, I know nothing about ballet and it is rare that I get to a show, so for me this exhibit was unique in it's ability to show how artists are able to transfer their skills through a different creative channel and still maintain their sense of self expression.

The set designs were stunning, but I spent most of my time eyeing the costume sketches and watching the video clips to see how each piece played its part in the final production. Though I loved the colors and patterns in the Baskt costumes and the absurdity of the Picasso ensembles, the Matisse coat was my favorite piece.

If you get to the gallery to see Ballets Russes, make sure you don't miss the Ellsworth Kelly Colored Paper Images and Kerry James Marshall, in the Tower.

Learn more about Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes here

Matisse coat photo courtesy of Penny Dreadful Vintage.

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