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Polish Ballet


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Short-lived touring ballet company based in Poland in the 1930s. It was set up in 1937 to showcase Polish ballets abroad. Its first artistic director was Bronislava Nijinska, who choreographed five ballets for the company, all premiered at the 1937 Paris Exposition Internationale (at the Théâtre Mogador). In these works Nijinska merged Polish national dance forms with classical and modernist ballet. The Polish Ballet won the Grand Prix and Nijinska won the Grand Prix for choreography. The company toured Europe, including London and Poland, under Nijinska's direction. In 1939 the Polish Ballet, directed by Nijinska's successor Woizikowsky, was disbanded at the outbreak of the Second World War.

Subjects: Dance.


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