How Diaghilev’s Legacy First Came to America: The Lifar collection, Balanchine and Chick Austin

Lecture by Dr. Eugene Gaddis (Wadsworth Atheneum)

225th Anniversary Celebration

Monday, March 4, 2013
4:45 p.m.

Ballets Russes (The Russian Ballets) burst onto the scene in Paris in 1909 and ended with director Serge Diaghilev’s death in 1929. Combining the talents of contemporary composers, artists, dancers and choreographers, Diaghilev’s productions thrilled audiences on three continents. Among Diaghilev’s students was George Balanchine, who continued Diaghilev’s tradition of innovation through the New York City Ballet, which he founded in 1948 with Lincoln Kirstein (in 1933, Kirstein convinced Chick Austin, the director of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Conn., to sponsor Balanchine’s immigration to America). 

Archivist Gene Gaddis of the Wadsworth Atheneum will bring this extraordinary story to life.

This event is open to the public.

Free; no tickets required.

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