Victoria & Albert Museum in London Says It has Unearthed "Only" Film of Ballets Russes

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LONDON (REUTERS).- A dance enthusiast has discovered what London’s Victoria & Albert Museum said on Monday was the only known film footage of a Diaghilev Ballets Russes dance performance. The silent, black and white film is just over a minute long with 30 seconds of dance, and is believed to have been made without the permission of artistic director Sergei Diaghilev, who controlled every aspect of the famous company’s performances and strictly disallowed filming. Ballets Russes was a traveling dance troupe active in the 1910s and 1920s under the leadership of Diaghilev, and helped launch the reputations of the likes of Vaslav Nijinsky. Susan Eastwood, a member of the London Ballet Circle, visited the V & A’s recent exhibition on the dance troupe, found the unaccredited footage on the British Pathe archive and alerted