Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage

Chagall's costumes for ballet

During Nutcracker season in California, we were lucky to catch Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage at the LACMA. This exhibition highlighted the principal role that music and dance played in Marc Chagall’s artistic practice, focusing on four productions he designed: the ballets Aleko, set to music by Tchaikovsky (1942), The Firebird by Stravinsky (1945), Daphnis and Chloé by Ravel (1958), and Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute (1967).

A collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the exhibition ran at the LACMA from July 2017 to early January 2018 and featured the artist’s vibrant costumes and set designs, alongside a selection of iconic paintings depicting musicians and lyrical scenes, numerous works on paper, and documentary footage of original performances, including rare footage of Massine’s Aleko:

All photos: © The Ballet Bag

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Likes ballets that taste like 85% cocoa: pure, extra bitter, dark or intense. Her favorites are La Sylphide, Manon, Mayerling, Ondine, Symphonic Variations and McGregor's Chroma. Her favorite Ratmansky ballets are: The Little Humpbacked Horse, Russian Seasons, Cinderella and The Shostakovich Trilogy. She is always ready to chase new Ratmanskys around the globe. Non ballet: literature, theatre, opera, rock, art, food, travel, fashion, translating and interpreting.

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