Misia Sert, Queen of Paris 1877-1950

Les Ballets Russes

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Misia Sert was a muse and fervent supporter of the arts in an era of great cultural creativity, the early 20th century.  She had a long association with Sergei Diaghilev, involved in all creative aspects of the Ballets Russes, from friendships with its dancers, to input on costume designs, to choreography. Through the years she supplied funds for the often financially distressed ballet company. On the opening night of Petrushka, she came to the rescue with the 4000 francs needed to prevent repossession of the costumes. When Diaghilev lay dying in Venice she was at his side and, after his death in August 1929, she paid for his funeral, honoring the man who had been such an important influence in the world of ballet.  This last presentation of our season will be presented by Julian Halsby, starting at 6.30pm Thursday 23 May at the Salini Resort in St. Paul’s Bay.  Admission is free for members and open to the public for a fee of €15.  Contact Nicky Stilon at maltadfas@gmail.com for reservations.