Join the Russian History Museum for this "Second Saturdays" Zoom event! This program is a free online lecture by Anna Winestein, co-founder and Executive Director of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, a Boston-based arts non-profit that connects the US with Eastern Europe through the visual and performing arts, presenting exhibitions, concerts, film screening series, dance and theater performances and more. Leon Bakst is unquestionably the iconic scenographer of the Ballets Russes, having designed more productions than anyone else, and contributed critically to the company’s early success and enduring legacy. His last production for Sergei Diaghilev, the 1921 London staging of Petipa’s 1890 classic ballet, was both the grandest (described as ‘outsplendouring splendour’) and the most catastrophic (a ‘gorgeous calamity’ that plunged the company into crippling debt and ruined the designer’s relationship with the impresario). This talk tells the story of a remarkable theatrical endeavor whose legacy continues to be re-evaluated to this day.