Barbarians at the Gate

Stravinsky, Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes: An audio/video presentation by Tom Maguire 

On Thursday, April 5th, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., a multimedia presentation entitled Barbarians at the Gate – Stravinsky, Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes, narrated by Tom Maguire, will be offered free to the general public at the Performance Space at La Tienda at 7 Caliente Road in Eldorado. This event is presented by Destiny Allison Fine Art as part of the salon series: Art in the 21st Century. 

This presentation will offer a detailed look at the time between the first season of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1909 and Diaghilev’s death in Venice two decades later. Mr. Maguire will examine the artistic forces and personalities that forged a reinvigoration of the art of ballet. The presentation will also explore the effect that the visual artists, composers, librettists, choreographers, dancers and designers associated with the Ballets Russes had, not only on that organization, but also on their own art forms and the cultural life of Europe in general. The presentation will concentrate on the work of composers Stravinsky, Ravel, Milhaud, Satie, Debussy and Prokofiev; visual artists Benois, Picasso, Rouault, Gris, Picabia, Bakst and Braque and choreographers Fokine, Massine, Nijinsky, Nijinska and Balanchine. These artists and their influence on the artistic life of Europe, in general, and Paris, in particular, will be chronicled; along with the aristocrats, members of high society and the business class, donors and sponsors who made their work possible. 

Mr. Maguire augments the research he has done on the Ballets Russes with material gleaned from the most recent publications on the subject. Visual and musical materials are selected from several sources including Mr. Maguire’s extensive collection. Barbarians at the Gate dramatically explores the artistic explosion that Serge Diaghilev unleashed on Western Europe as he brought; first visual arts, then opera and finally ballet from mother Russia to the salons and theatres of Paris. In stunning visuals accompanied by music clips, Barbarians at the Gate traces not only the history of the company, but also its effect on all of the arts in the early 20th century. 

Please RSVP by calling Destiny Allison Fine Art at (505) 428-0024

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3 Comments»

  Pat wrote @

I’m pushing these color igames beyond just the high saturation and high contrast I’ve been doing over the last year and trying to capture and emphasize light itself. I’m concerned more about atmospheric effect that beauty or accuracy. I think I’m joining the Photography Is Dead movement. Wishful Thinking: Should Artists Give the Audience What They Want?Conventional marketing wisdom says you should be e2€˜customer focusede2€™ and do your best to satisfy consumerse2€™ wants and needs. But ite2€™s a different story when it comes to creative work. Many of the most successful artists achieved fame by provoking and offending public taste.

  Bava wrote @

What a fascinating story! I can usrndntaed, having started ballet lessons at age 50! Just to do what I had wanted to do all my life. After two years, the body objected, naturally but I can still plie in the kitchen!

  here wrote @

Very valid, pithy, succinct, and on point. WD.


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