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Jay Wilson – Le Train Bleu: A Lost Jewel of the Ballets Russes


Larry Thompson Academic Center, Ringling College
2700 N Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, 34234 United States
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Light refreshments at 10:00 am | Program at 10:30 am | Larry Thompson Academic Center | Ringling College

Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, which performed in Europe and America from 1909 to 1929, was the most influential dance company of the 20th century. Among its masterpieces was Le Train Bleu of 1924, choreographed by the great dancer Nijinsky’s sister Branislava, with music by Darius Milhaud, costumes by Coco Chanel and story by Jean Cocteau. Yet because its star, Anton Dolin, unexpectedly left the company shortly after its opening in Paris, this gem was forgotten for over 60 years. The Paris Opera Ballet only brought it to life again a few years ago. The lecture includes a screening of the complete 30-minute ballet.

RCLA Member Fee: $20 | Non-member fee: $30