This performance, which is danced inside the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art, is part of NGA’s amazing exhibit: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1901 – 1920: When Music Danced with Art, which I manged to run out and see this past week on my lunch hour. I have to admit that, in spite of having heard this music all my life, I’ve never seen the ballet. I always thought that maybe I’d find it too stilted, with its attempt to “Greekify” the dancers. But after seeing the costumes and backdrops and watching the small bit of filmed Joeffry performance that was part of the exhibit, I’ve moved it to the top of my list.
Have you seen it? What do you think?