Adventures of a Travelling Historian – Chicago

So to get to Chicago I decided to take historical research to a new level and in a bid to relive the Ballets Russes tour I got the train. The 18 hour from D.C. to Chicago. While train travel may have been glamorous in 1916 - it is not now. It was however a lot… Continue reading Adventures of a Travelling Historian – Chicago

Finding Nijinsky in Washington D.C.

  The Ballets Russes visited Washington D.C. twice in 1916. The first time was in March from the 23rd - 25th when the company performed at the National Theatre. They performed Cleopatra, Le Spectre de la Rose, Midnight Sun, Carnaval, Les Sylphides,  L'après-midi d'un faune, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Scheherazade. The company returned… Continue reading Finding Nijinsky in Washington D.C.

Fokine Ballet Summer Camp

This time I swear I wasn't looking for ballet! I spent the last weekend in the gorgeous town of  Lenox, Massachusetts. This area was the hugely popular during the so called 'Gilded Age' and is full of beautiful estates called 'cottages'. I went to visited the gorgeous Ventfort Hall - built for Sarah Morgan. https://www.gildedage.org/… Continue reading Fokine Ballet Summer Camp

What started it all …

The Ballets Russes, and in particular their costumes, have been my passion since I was 15 years old and found an old exhibition catalogue in a second-hand bookshop. The catalogue was from the National Gallery of Australia's 1999 exhibition, From Russia with Love, and contained a picture of this costume for a knight from the 1910 production of Firebird. I… Continue reading What started it all …

Sono Osato

Sono Osato, b.1919, was not only the first dancer of Japanese descent to join the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, but was also the first American. She joined the company at just fourteen and would go to become a widely acclaimed dancer, dancing with ABT and on Broadway. Last month, in Sono's native Chicago, the… Continue reading Sono Osato