From 1909 to 1929, Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes scandalized, propagandized, and revolutionized the performance and practice of ballet throughout Europe and the Western world. They symbolized the Roaring Twenties as their radical stance in music, decors and movement had been established and continued until Diaghilev’s death in 1929. Igor Stravinsky’s scores helped pave the way for modern music’s fluorescence while the brutal energy and powerful dancing of Vaslav Nijinsky transformed attitudes about ballet performance.
Judith (Gigi) Chazin-Bennahum is a Distinguished Professor Emerita from UNM and was a principal soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet Company when Antony Tudor was ballet director. She is the author of seven books on dance history, including The Ballets of Antony Tudor which was awarded the de la Torre Bueno Prize, and René Blum and The Ballets Russes: In Search of a Lost Life. In 2016 she also received The Distinction in Dance Award by the Society of Dance History Scholars.