Diaghilev's Ballets Russes tours across North America in 1916–17 were not a resounding financial or critical success, however, as the preceding articles in this collection have shown, the Russian dancers and their repertoire left a deep impression on audiences, and their performances continued to resonate long after the company returned to Europe: many Americans discovered a love of ballet after seeing the Ballets Russes and sought out classes or local dance productions, and orchestras increasingly incorporated Russian orchestral works and ballet music into their programs. Nevertheless, the impact of the Ballets Russes tours waned over the next several years, superseded by other touring companies of the 1910s and 1920s, in particular the much beloved Anna Pavlova.1 For most Americans, Diaghilev's fabled company eventually faded into memory or became a distant object of curiosity to be followed through magazines and occasional news reports. When Diaghilev died in 1929 and the...
Imported Sophistication: The Ballets Russes Tours of the 1930s–50s and Toronto's Quest for Cultural Significance
Sarah Gutsche-Miller is assistant professor of musicology at the University of Toronto, where she is also affiliate professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies. Her research on late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century ballet has appeared in journals including Dance Research and Journal of Musicology, as well as in several edited collections, and she has published a monograph about ballet in French popular venues titled Parisian Music-Hall Ballet, 1871–1913 (2015).
Carolyne Sumner is a PhD candidate in musicology at the University of Toronto. Sumner's doctoral research investigates the significance of musical networks in Canada during the postcentennial period and is concerned with the role played by cultural policymakers and gatekeepers in the outcomes of these networks. She has presented her research at professional conferences, and her work has been published in both Les Cahiers de la Société uébécoise de recherche en musique (SQRM) and Intersections.
Sarah Gutsche-Miller, Carolyne Sumner; Imported Sophistication: The Ballets Russes Tours of the 1930s–50s and Toronto's Quest for Cultural Significance. American Music 1 December 2021; 39 (4): 511–538. doi: https://doi.org/10.5406/19452349.39.4.06
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