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This article is an attempt to place Adolph Bolm’s ballet, The Spirit of the Factory, staged at the Hollywood Bowl with a cast of sixty dancers into the context of the choreographer’s oeuvre and explain how an avant-garde ballet, danced to dissonant accompaniment, could have been so well received by American audiences in the 1930s. A “neo-constructivist” work that was uniquely Hollywood in its inception, with a dual connection to film and the particular atmosphere of the resplendent outdoor Hollywood Bowl, how such a work came to be raises many questions about the sources that inspired Bolm.

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The focus of the essay is on Léon Bakst’s activities in the usa, especially in Los Angeles in 1924, when he lectured at the University of Southern California and at the Biltmore Hotel. The essay also touches on Bakst’s interest in Hollywood and cinema as the “new” medium and on his popularity as a dress and textile designer.

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