Stravinsky’s Fox: Folk, Myth & Ritual in the Russian Silver Age

Mikhail Larionov, Costume design for Renard (1922) (the Fox disguised as a nun), MS Thr 861. Houghton Library, Harvard University.

14 December 2015
The Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

This interdisciplinary workshop explores ideas of folk, myth and ritual in early twentieth-century Russian culture. It comprises four papers situating Stravinsky’s work in the context of visual culture, music, fashion and dance, followed by a panel discussion. Papers seek to highlight synergies between modernist trends in these differing genres during the ‘Silver Age’, as well as the impact of Russian culture on the development of modernism in Western Europe around the time of the Great War.

This workshop is organised by the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre ( and seeks to complement the Philharmonia Orchestra’s 2015-2016 season ‘Myths and Rituals’. For more information see:

The event is enabled by a conference grant from the Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge.

Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley: University of Cambridge
Dr Louise Hardiman: Independent Scholar, Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre

To attend, please download the registration form below. Attendance is £12 (£6 concessions) or, if having lunch, £18 (£12 concessions).

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