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Discuss how Diaghilev talent for nurturing and developing individual, dancers choreographers and composers is reflected in the work that you have studied?

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Discuss how Diaghilev talent for nurturing and developing individual, dancers choreographers and composers is reflected in the work that you have studied? (40) Diaghilev had an indisputable talent for nurturing and developing the skills and talents, with whom he worked. He discovered through his noble work ethics, dancers, choreographers and composers with natural talent which he stimulated, helping to form a well-established and renowned company and rejuvenating the world of ballet, and indeed dance. In the work of "Pulcinella" this is evident through the choreographer and principle dancer Massine, the dancer Karsavina and the composer Stravinsky. These members of the company were practically unknown before their collaboration with the Ballet Russe. It was through Diaghilev talent for nurturing and developing, even to an extent manipulating the talents with whom he collaborated, set these artists to worldwide acclaim, both in the Ballet Russe and the careers that would follow. Diaghilev produced some of the most original and successful choreographers of the twentieth century; including; Fokine, Nijinsky, Balanchine, Nijnska and Massine. Leonide Massine, the choreographer of the ballet "Pulcinella" was an unknown actor, when Diaghilev first employed him. However, Diaghilev turned him into one of the best dancers and choreographers of the twentieth century. Massine trained at the imperial school, where early success seemed to suggest success in the field of acting, as opposed to dancing and choreography. ...read more.


The natural gifts, which Diaghilev helped him to achieve, led him to wide world acclaim, as one of the most famous choreographers of the twentieth century. The Ballet Russe from the 1910's to the 1930's spelled out magic to the general public and even today evoke visions of theatrical excitement. The dancers of the Ballet Russe carved their way into legend for example, Karsavina, Njininsky and Pavlova, and have enhanced the capabilities of many modern dancers such as Makarova and Nuryev. In the work of "Pulcinella" the dancer Karsavina, played the principal female role of Pimpinella, Pulcinella's mistress. She was one of the rare talents of the Ballet Russe, a true testament to her excellent ability, was despite the changing face of the Ballet Russe and the number different choreographers over the time period of the Ballet Russe, she remained, accompanying the company from the beginning to end. She was trained in the Imperial Theatre, and although had an excellent technical ability, Diaghilev helped to stimulate her dance genius. He encouraged her to try new or 'modern' roles such as Pimpinella, which were arising during the choreography of Massine. She managed, through Diaghilev stimulation to turn every role that she played into poetry. Each ballet role was independent of pure technicalities, being classical or neo-classical roles such as Pimpinella. ...read more.


The result being a modern score, in which the music of Pergolesi is achieved but with a modern touch. Through the work of 'Pulcinella' Diaghilev stimulated Stravinsky into his neo-classical period which was to last until the 1950's. Through arranging the scores of Pergolesi he gained an insight into Western Classicism, which contrasted with the Russian elements that he had been used to working with. Stravinsky, himself stated that he saw the work of Pulcinella has being his "discovery of the past, the epiphany thorough which, the wholeness of my late work became possible. It was a backward look, of course-the first of many love affairs in that direction-but it was a look in the mirror too." Through Diaghilev, Stravinsky was launched to international acclaim and through his encouragement entered the most prosperous and well-acclaimed phrases of his career. He infact felt so in debt to Diaghilev that he wished to be buried near him. Diaghilev was an extra-ordinary man, who as an impresino had the remarkable ability to see hidden natural abilities and stimulated them. This is evident in 'Pulcinella" through the development and stimulation of Karsavina, Massine and Stravinsky, all of whom no doubly owe their careers and international acclaim to Diaghilev, whose appreciation of the new and modern, led him to shape his talents for the new twentieth century, as ballet left the roots of the romantic era for a more modernistic approach. ...read more.

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