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Prof. Lynn Garafola on choreographer Diaghilev's interest in the "total artwork" of ballet

In a PBS article about Russian choreographer Serge Diaghilev, Barnard dance professor Lynn Garafola is quoted:

"Lynn Garafola, author of "Diaghilev's Ballets Russes" and professor of dance at Barnard College, says the artists who created ballets in the 19th century did not necessarily have an interest in how the choreography, costumes, music and set designs came together.

"Right from the start, Diaghilev was concerned with the total artwork, what he called the gesamtkunstwerk," Garafola said. "That all the pieces [of a performance] should somehow meld -- that the whole should be bigger than the individual parts ... that is what distinguished the Ballets Russes.""

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Prof. Garafola is an acclaimed dance historian who has written extensively about dance in Europe and the United States and curated magjor exhibitions about the New York City Ballet and Jerome Robbins. She was recently awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a 2013-2014 Fellowship from The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.