Serge Diaghileff (1872-1929)

Serge Diaghileff (1872–1929) was not a dancer but was an impresario (producer) of his famous ballet company, Ballet Russe, whose home was first in Paris and later in Monte Carlo. He employed Mikel Fokine and other choreographers and featured the leading dancers of the time. His contribution to ballet was extremely important. He brought together some of the best composers, such as Stravinsky, Debussy, and Satie, and visual artists, such as Picasso, Bakst, and Cocteau, to collaborate on the music, set design, and costumes along with the choreographers and dancers. The end result was a successful, creative effort produced by the Ballet Russe.

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