Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Dance

Etude

Etude Border
Cloud Border for Etude, by Alexander Borowski

The Ballet Russe Collection

Ballet choreographed by Bronislava Nijinska to music by Johann Sebastian Bach (excerpts from various Brandenburg Concerti and from Orchestral Suites.
Decor by Alexander Borowski.
Premiere: Cleveland, OH, October 8, 1943, by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

"Neo-clacissism was represented by Bronislava Nijinska's Etude, the latest incarnation of a ballet...which, in one form or another, Nijinska had been staging since the 1920s. With dancers costumed to resemble angelic figures moving in patterns suggesting the harmony and stars of planets, Etude had deep personal significance for Nijinska. But audiences never warmed to it... After seeing a New York performance, Edwin Denby thought Etude looked 'like evolutions by a recently demilitarized heavenly host'."

Jack Anderson, The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

The only remnants of Etude in the Butler Ballet's drop collection are two borders, identical in design, as pictured above.