The exhibition “Russian LA: Stravinsky, Innovation and Dance” will be held in the Museum of Theatre and Music from November, 24 to January, 15

The exhibition “Russian LA: Stravinsky, Innovation and Dance” will be held in the Museum of Theatre and Music from November, 24 to January, 15

Los Angeles, a sister-city to St. Petersburg, has been distinguished by a spirit of innovation in the arts from its early history, attracting artists from abroad who sought to reinvent themselves. Following the Ballets Russes American tour of 1916-17 and during the tumult of the war years, many Russian artists immigrated to the United States and influenced the formation of American dance companies. This exhibition of photographic prints from archives, libraries and private collections explores early dance innovation in Los Angeles (1910s-1940s) as a synthesis of ideas from Russian émigrés and local artists.

Igor Stravinsky spent more time living in Los Angeles than in any other city and is a central focus of this exhibition. Stravinsky’s creative period in LA spanned almost three decades, inspiring performances in dance and music that shaped the artistic landscape of the 20th century. The exhibition explores the influence of Ballets Russes artists inspired by Stravinsky’s music, such as Adolph Bolm, Theodore Kosloff, and Bronislava Nijinska, alongside American innovators in modern dance including Ted Shawn, Ruth St. Denis and Lester Horton. Los Angeles has often been a synthesis of diverse artistic and cultural views, exemplified by performances at the Hollywood Bowl during the 1930s-1940s.

Curators: Mark Konecny and Lorin Johnson

This exhibition is generously on loan from the Music Center, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
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