Review Of "The Art Of Enchantment: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1909-1929" Edited By N. Van Norman Baer

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A collection of ten articles and a chronology, this book was published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name organized by the Fine Art Museums of San Francisco. The publication provides a valuable addition to material previously available concerning the origin and history of the Ballet Russes. The writers included express a wide variety of perspectives on the company as well as on its principal creative collaborators. Individual authors have been well chosen and were uniformly thorough in their documentation. Useful biographical articles are included on Diaghilev and Nijinsky. The remaining essays address cross-disciplinary issues in visual art, dance, music, and performance practice. Taken together, they help illuminate the phenomenon that was the Ballet Russes. The catalog includes numerous helpful photos and illustrations (both black and white and color) as well as a checklist of the 152 original exhibition items. Relevant for undergraduate and graduate libraries in the fields of art, dance, music, and history; some of the material will also be of interest to the general reader.


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