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Vera Fokina, 1919

Posted in Dance, Photo with tags on October 22, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

The Cobras, 1910

Posted in Dance, Photo with tags on October 20, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Le Martyre de saint Sébastien

Posted in Art, Dance, Music with tags , , , on October 16, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Le Martyre de saint Sebastien
In 1911 some of the greatest artists then working in Paris collaborated in a musical-dramatic spectacle, Le Martyre de saint Sébastien. The five act mystery play starred Ida Rubinstein in the title role, with text by Gabriele D’Annunzio, stage design by Leon Bakst, choreography by Michel Fokine and a full-scale orchestral score by Claude Debussy. Most of these artists were associated with the wildly popular Ballets Russes and producer Gabriel Astruc probably imagined he had a winner on his hands. The show proved a flop however and would likely be entirely forgotten today were it not for Debussy’s wonderful music. Perhaps the Parisian audience had lost its taste for that sort of overwrought confection, or maybe they were dissuaded from attending by that noted theatre critic the Archbishop of Paris, who forbade Catholics to see the play on pain of excommunication. This pronouncement, a perfect amalgam of meddling censoriousness, intimidation, misogyny and anti-semitism, would be surprising were it not so typical. In any event, here are some images that all may regard without danger to their souls.

Leon Bakst-Costume Designs
Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Scenery for Act I
Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien2
Leon Bakst, Costume for St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Ida Rubinstein as St Sebastien
Leon Bakst, Scenery for Act IV

La Chauve-Souris Dorée

Posted in Cinema, Dance, Drawing with tags , , on December 19, 2013 by Dylan Thomas Hayden




The Gilded Bat, one of my personal favourites among Edward Gorey’s books, clearly shows the influence of Feuillade’s Vampires.

Tamara Toumanova

Posted in Dance with tags on October 14, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Tamara Toumanova

Posted in Dance with tags on October 14, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Tamara Toumanova dancing on Bungan Beach, Australia c.1939-40

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Yellow Sultana

Posted in Dance, Drawing with tags on October 13, 2012 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Léon Bakst, 1910

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