A new exhibition at CaixaForum shares the history of the Russes Ballet dance troupe and the power of an art form that demands a physical prowess on par with any professional sport. Russian buyers interested in buying property in Barcelona – and anyone else with an interest in this fascinating and absorbing dance form – can learn about ballet’s origins and the impact it had on audiences, thanks to the Russian ballet troupe in the early 20th century.
Many believe that Russian ballet is singlehandedly responsible for getting this dance art form to be considered as cultural entertainment in its own right. Originally perceived as a “filler” used to entertain European opera audiences during intervals, Ballets Russses fundamentally altered this in 1909 when they commenced a 20-year touring odyssey back and forth across Europe.
With costumes, film clips, sketches and artefacts collected from Ballet Russes, the Ballet Russes 1909 – 1929 exhibit showcases the creative genius of choreographer and troupe entrepreneur Sergei Diaghliev and his surrounding entourage of talents that included composers Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky, artist Henri Matisse, writer Jean Cocteau and designer Leon Bakst.
While many Russians visiting Barcelona may be keen to explore Catalan culture, the exhibition – running through til mid-January in the beautiful Caixa Forum building at Montjuich – also provides a unique opportunity to learn more about their own culture and for local residents to learn about the cultural roots of one of the strongest and wealthiest emerging migrant populations of Spain.
Russian interest in Spain – and Catalunya in particular – has been doubling since the start of the year, with high levels of tourist numbers and growing interest amongst Russian buyers contacting Lucas Fox. As we have previously noted in our blog, buyers have been particularly interested in quality hospitality properties and luxury homes on the Costa Brava, amongst other areas. There are at least 2-3 direct flights between Barcelona and Moscow every day of the week, bringing visitors for business, property enquiries and recreational travel.
This chance for Russian buyers and new residents to visit an exhibition like Els Ballets Russos de Diaghilev 1909 – 1929 offers the best of both worlds: an opportunity to enjoy Russian culture while also exploring one of Barcelona’s architectural highlights and quality exhibition venues. (Caixa Forum is also opposite the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, which has reconstructed one of the marvels of 20th century architecture, originally built for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.)
Some of the highlights of the Russian Ballet exhibition include:
- Film screenings including talks with leading artists involved in the ballet troupe’s performances
- Exhibition artefacts showing how Diaghliev fundamentally altered ballet to place greater emphasis on male dancers
- Costumes designed by Coco Chanel
- Theatre set designed by Pablo Picasso
- An exploration of how the troupe survived bankruptcy and performed in exile during the Russian Revolution.
Lucas Fox has Russian-speaking real estate agents who understand what properties Russian buyers are interested in inspecting, and can discuss how the local market compares with Moscow and regional Russian property trading. Please contact Lucas Fox’ Russian sales office for more assistance.