From their first season at the Théâtre de Châtelet in Paris in 1909, Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes were a resounding success. For the next twenty years, they triumphed the world over. With their emphasis on colour and the commissioning of avant-garde artists, the Ballets Russes sparked a revolution in the art of set design and stage costumes. Diaghilev surrounded himself with the most innovative creative minds of his era: set designers like Benois, Bakst, Larionov and Gontcharova, painters like Picasso, Matisse, Derain, Juan Gris, Braque and De Chirico, and dancers and choreographers like Fokine, Nijinsky, Massine and Balanchine. The book is lavishly illustrated, with well-documented essays and new themes. Its appendices offer solid, precise information on the company's dancers, their photographers and the chronology of performances. It also represents a valuable new work of reference on Diaghilev’s Company.