Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. When art dances to the music. 2011 — Museums

Discover the world of the Ballets Russes with Sergei Diaghilev. The exhibition shows his legacy as creator of a new way of conceiving and producing dance shows. 

Institutional sponsor: Fundació Bancària "la Caixa"

Location: Barcelona, Madrid

© Photography: Ignasi Cristià SL

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes is the adaptation of an initial exhibition organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, curated by Jane Pritchard. The main task was the conception, graphic realization, and elaboration of the final audio-visual installation. The exhibition brought together some 260 objects, mainly from the Victoria & Albert collection, along with Spanish pieces belonging to institutions such as the Manuel de Falla Archive, the Pilar and Joan Miró Foundation in Mallorca, or the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

The hall of the CaixaForum Barcelona was transformed into a large stage, divided into two parts. The first part corresponded to the space of classical dance, linked to operatic performances. This space was neoclassical in character and represented the academic sphere. It was defined by a large mirror with a golden frame and a ballet bar. A light came on behind the mirror, and the figure of a dancer appeared. Leaving behind this space, we move on to a deconstructed stage, in between boxes, painted black. It is a space of disorder and the avant-garde, a decomposition of the academic realm. That was Diaghilev's trick. The most spectacular contribution to this project was a 360-degree projection on a large octagon hanging in the air, which translated the relationship between Spain and the Russian ballet into the audio-visual language. 

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