Submitted to Forthcoming Cole Porter Companion
By Simon Morrison
There is no doubting the importance of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in the history of musical and choreographic modernism. But the stress placed on Diaghilev’s achievement has come at the expense of another organization no less innovative in terms of its aesthetic risks and rewards. That was the Ballets Suédois, which in 1923 premiered a brief ballet-pantomime to music by the untested Cole Porter.