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Diaghilev: The Years Abroad

First transmitted in 1968, Peter Ustinov examines the early career of Russian impresario Diaghilev.

First transmitted in 1968, this is the first of two Omnibus programmes about the Russian impresario Diaghilev. Presented by Peter Ustinov, this episode focuses on Diaghilev’s early life and the first seasons of his legendary ballet company Ballets Russes from 1909 until the outbreak of war in 1914. Friends and colleagues, including Cecil Beaton and prima ballerina Tamara Karsavina, reveal what Diaghilev meant to them and the impact he had on both ballet and the artists he commissioned.

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58 minutes

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Tue 2 Jan 1968 22:25


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Peter Ustinov was the great-nephew of Diaghilev's adviser and principal designer, Alexandre Benois.

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