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Diaghilev He fancied a career in music but was a terrible composer He wanted to be a painter but lacked vision and aptitude He wanted to change the face of dance but had no dance training whatsoever By his own admission this poor misguided soul had no real gifts He went on to become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century Despite his claim to the contrary Serge Diaghilev founder of the famous Diaghilev Ballets Russes had many gifts most notably as a talent scout an impressario and a visionary who encouraged collaboration in the arts Born March 31 1872 in Gruzine Novgorod Province Diaghilev showed no talent in his early years there was never a thought that he would set out on a dance or theatrical career although he really wanted to become a composer as mentioned in the quote above In 1890 Serges family moved to St Petersburg where he studied law while continuing to pursue a career as a composer After many failures he was successfully dissuaded from his dream by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov who was a famous Russian composer and one of Diaghilevs idols at the time In another failure to succeed Diaghilev reluctantly joined a circle of famour writers and painters led by the Russian painters Lon Bakst and Alexandre Benois During this time Diaghilev did succeed and indeed felt he had finnaly found his place in life He founded AND edited a progressive art journal Mir Iskusstva The World of Art from 1899 1904 In 1899 as a project Diaghilev became the artistic adviser to the Imperial Theatres in Moscow where he produced and co-produced several operas and ballets It was then that he decided what he really wanted to do and after completing his term with the Imperial Theatres and the printing of Mir Iskusstva being canceled he decided to move and settle in Paris France where he successfully
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