Posted on behalf of Rachel Elizabeth Herschman, co-curator. --ed.
Hosted by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
15 East 84th Street
New York, NY 10028
RSVP: Jennifer Anderson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballets Russes
March 6, 2019–June 2, 2019
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
What can we know about ancient dance? Why did European avant-garde artists look to antiquity at the beginning of the twentieth century? With an array of ancient representations of dance, Hymn to Apollo: The Ancient World and the Ballet Russes explores both the role of dance in ancient culture and the influence of antiquity on the modernist reinventions of the Ballets Russes, the ground-breaking dance company founded in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev.
With about 100 works, including outstanding examples of ancient pottery, sculpture, and metalwork, as well as watercolors, sketchbooks, photographs, costumes, and other archival material from the Ballets Russes, this exhibition—the first on the topic—reveals a rich, multifaceted dialogue between the ancient and the modern. More than a simple story of the reception of antiquity by artists in the twentieth century, Hymn to Apollo shows how artists returned to antiquity not as benighted traditionalists but as radical revolutionaries, intent on creating something new.