Dance with Petrushka: The Ballets Russes, Russia, and Modernity

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This paper utilizes the historical-comparative research method and the literature research method to carefully examine Petrushka, one of the most highly influential ballets during the 20th century. By analyzing the expression of the ballet, the literature infusion and reconstruction, modernism tendencies in music, tableau design, and aesthetic shifts based on historical cultural changes, the socioeconomic influences on art creation will further illustrate how the experience of art can reflect the changes due to modernity from a unique perspective. Therefore, the argument presented here is that modernity in Russia has not only been associated with a view of history centered on Europe or the West, but it is also related to transformations due to modernity in economies and geopolitics worldwide, which has caused multiple infusions, conflicts, and collisions in culture.

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Wu, M. (2019) Dance with Petrushka: The Ballets Russes, Russia, and Modernity. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 7, 81-96. doi: 10.4236/jss.2019.78007.

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