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Diaghilev

In the 1920s in Paris, Diaghilev, though buoyed by the success of his Ballets Russes, nonetheless had difficulty consistently surprising a sophisticated and demanding public.

Jean Cocteau, having undertaken to provide a scenario for a new ballet, asked the great impresario for some direction. Diaghilev's reply? "Etonne-moi!" (Astonish me!)

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