On September 2-8, 2019, during the days of the Eastern Economic Forum, the international cultural project "Russian Seasons" presents the exhibition "Pearls of the Stage: Legendary Costumes of the Original "Russian Seasons"". The exposition put on display at the atrium of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok, demonstrates sketches of ballet costumes, posters and printed bills created in the period of 1907–1921, for the legendary Sergei Diaghilev's "Ballets Russes".
The exhibition organizers are the Russian Cultural Fund, along with the contemporary "Russian Seasons" project revived by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation in 2017. The exposition was arranged with the aid of the St. Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music.
The EEF-2019 delegates and guests of the Primorsky Stage of Mariinsky Theatre can appreciate 28 costume sketches designed for the famed performances, as well as the original posters and booklets of Diaghilev’s “Russian Seasons”. Among them are sketches of costumes by one of the most prominent artists of "Russian Seasons", Léon (Leo) Bakst, drawn for the ballets "Cléopâtre", "Narcisse", "Le Dieu bleu", "Schéhérazade", "Peri", "Sleeping Beauty", sketches by N. Roerich, A. Golovin, and other painters, posters depicting celebrated ballet dancers of the beginning of the XX century, such as Tamara Karsavina, Vaslav Nijinsky, Anna Pavlova, and theatrical booklets of that time.
Léon Bakst proved to become the most eminent and influential designer for Diaghilev's “Russian Seasons”. In his masterly stage designs for ballet performances, Bakst was materializing his exquisite, passionate fantasies on the themes of Ancient Greece and the Ancient East. Following the triumph of "Narcisse" and "Schéhérazade", Bakst opened his own dress atelier in Paris: ladies were eager to don oriental harem trousers and wrap themselves in long silk scarves.
Theatrical costumes by Léon Bakst appreciably influenced the European fashion and inspired other artists to copy and develop the imagery that he had created. Up until today, his vision continue to fascinate design professionals and art lovers.
"Russian Seasons", or "Ballets Russes" is the most historically notable tour of Russian artists abroad. In 1907, impresario Diaghilev arranged Russian concerts in Paris with the participation of composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alexander Glazunov, and a year later he brought
Modest Mussorgsky’s opera “Boris Godunov” with Feodor Chaliapin starring in the title part.
The ballets first shown to the French public in the season of 1909 brought worldwide fame to "Ballets Russes". The emblem of the ballet performances became the famous "blue" poster rendered by the great Russian painter Valentin Serov, with the ethereal prima ballerina Anna Pavlova in the role of Sylphide — it is displayed at the exhibition in Vladivostok.
Owing to "Russian Seasons", Russian choreography and theatre painting exerted a decisive influence on the development of European ballet and theatrical and decorative art of the epoch, expanded the possibilities in the field of creating a synthetic spectacle by attracting great artists and painters to stage design. Over time, the artwork had isolated from the stage shows and acquired its own importance, its rightful status of original easel art.
Also, on September 5, as part of the EEF-2019 business program, an Agreement on Cooperation between the "Russian Seasons" Autonomous Non-profit Organization and the "Innosocium" Social Communications Development Center will be signed.
Venue:first floor of the atrium, the Grand Hall of the Primorsky Stage, Mariinsky Theatre (20, Fastovskaya St., Vladivostok).
September 2-8 – art exhibition "Pearls of the Stage: Legendary Costumes of the Original "Russian Seasons"".