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RUSS0241

Russ Ballet &Creation Mod Cult

Russian Ballet and the Creation of Modern Culture (in English)
An exploration of the phenomenon of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes which, between 1909 and 1929, exerted a pervasive influence over the creation of modern culture in the Western world. We will investigate the methods employed by Diaghilev to bring together innovative choreographers, composers, artists, and writers (Fokine, Nijinsky, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Satie, Picasso, Cocteau, etc.) to create collaborative works of art that defined modernism, and the historical context within which these works were created. Readings, music, art, film/video and other sources, will shed light on the relationship between modernism and World War I, "Russianness," commercialism, neo-classicism, commedia dell'arte, gender, and the "homosexual aesthetic". No knowledge of ballet or Russian is required. 3 hrs. lect./disc., screening
Subject:
Russian
Department:
Russian
Division:
Languages
Requirements Fulfilled:
ART EUR HIS
Equivalent Courses:
DANC0241

Sections

Fall 2011

RUSS0241A-F11 Lecture (Wentink)

Spring 2009

RUSS0241A-S09 Lecture (Wentink)

Fall 2006

RUSS0241A-F06 Lecture (Wentink)

Spring 2005

RUSS0241A-S05 Lecture (Wentink)
RUSS0241B-S05 Lecture (Wentink)