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The costume for 'Carabosse the wicked Fairy' in the Diaghilev ballet 'The Sleeping Princess: 1921

Leon Bakst

The costume for 'Carabosse the wicked Fairy' in the Diaghilev ballet 'The Sleeping Princess: 1921
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actual image size: 22cm x 28cm

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The costume for 'Carabosse the Wicked Fairy' in the Diaghilev Ballet 'The Sleeping Princess.
The Ballet Russes put on regular seasons in London from 1919 onwards. These items relate to Diaghilev's lavish production of The Sleeping Princess, premiered at the Alhambra Theatre in November 1921. The Sleeping Princess was a modern version of Tchaikovsky's famous classical ballet The Sleeping Beauty. It was designed as a spectacular show with special effects and exotic Russian qualities that would appeal to a mass English audience. No expense was spared but the production was a financial flop. The costume of Carabosse, the Wicked Fairy was designed by Leon Bakst (1866 - 1924). It has the sumptuous colours and dramatic patterns that made the Russian ballet's reputation before the First World War. By the 1920s bold colour had become less unusual and some avant-garde artists even began to dismiss the Russian ballet's lavish style as rather too populist. The role of Carabosse was usually danced by Mme Carlotta Brianza, but on one occasion was taken by the famous elderly dancer Enrico Cecchetti.

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1921 AD - 1921 AD
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