Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on June 2014
Paris-based avant-garde Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev-led Ballets Russes revolutionized the classical art world in the first half of the 20th century. With modern and dazzling dance choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, who also performed in the dance company, they set their European guests ablaze with ideas of what potential ballet could hold for future generations. The costumes, too, were striking and dazzling: gone were the frilly tutus of performances past, and in their place were complete outfits of splendor and color that have finally received an exhibition devoted to them in “Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume.” Pieces by Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois and others will be on display until September.
Jun 18-Sep 1, The National Art Center, Tokyo. See exhibition listings (Akasaka/Roppongi) for details.