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Original Ballet Russe


Colonel Wassily de Basil - In The Street During The Original Ballet Russe Australian Tour (1939-40)


A Ballets Russes Performance


Frank Mills - Ballet Russe


Picasso and Dance. Parade, 1917


'Les Presages' - '(Colonel W. de Basil's) Monte Carlo Russian Ballet' (1936-7) in Australia

The Original Ballet Russe was a ballet company established in 1931 by René Blum and Colonel Wassily de Basil as a successor to the Ballets Russes, founded in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev. The company assumed the new name Original Ballet Russe after a split between de Basil and Blum. De Basil led the renamed company, while Blum and others founded a new company under the name Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. It was a large scale professional ballet company which toured extensively in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, the United States, and Central and South America. It closed down operations in 1947.
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