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Diaghilev's Les Noces

(Added 18 August 2010)

Image: Rehearsal of Les Noces on the roof of the Théâtre de Monte-Carlo, 1923. Bronislava Nijinska Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress (045.00.00)
Digital ID# br0045

Les Noces premiered on June 13, 1923 at the Théâtre de la Gaïté-Lyrique, Paris, with music by Igor Stravinsky; sets and costumes by Natalia Gontcharova, choreography by Bronislava Nijinska.

For Diaghilev’s production of Les Noces (The Wedding), Nijinska insisted on simple scenery and dark colors for the costumes to emphasize the seriousness of the theme, which centers on a young peasant girl who leaves her family for the unknown world of marriage.

This rehearsal image was part of a Library of Congress exhibition entitled Serge Diaghilev and His World: A Centennial Celebration of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, 1909–1929 from June 4, 2009–October 10, 2009

The exhbition (and online archive) features Ballets Russes musical scores, production photographs, costume designs, dance notation manuscripts, souvenir programs, and posters from the Library’s Bronislava Nijinska collection. Nijinska, sister of the legendary Ballets Russes member Vaslav Nijinsky, was also a dancer and a choreographer for the company.

via banquet by Sarah Edmonds on 3/15/10

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