Ballets Russes /ˌbaleɪ ˈruːs, French bale ʀus/


I. a ballet company formed in Paris in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev.
The company commissioned music from the composers Stravinsky, Satie, and Rimsky-Korsakov, while Picasso and Jean Cocteau designed sets. The company’s choreographers and dancers included Michel Fokine, Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, and George Balanchine. It was responsible for reviving ballet as an art form in western Europe.

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