Parade

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Choreography - Leonide Massine

 

The scene represents a Sunday Fair in Paris.  There is a traveling Theatre, and three Music Hall turns are employed as Parade.  There are the Chinese Conjuror, an American girl, and a pair of Acrobats.  Three Managers are occupied in advertising the show.  They tell each other that the crowd in front is confusing the outside performance with the show which is about to take place within, and they try, in their crudest fashion, to induce the public to come and see the entertainment within, but the crowd remained unconvinced.  After the last performance, the Managers make another effort, but the Theatre remains empty.  The Chinaman, the Acrobats, and the American girl, seeing that the Managers have failed, make a last appeal on their own account.  But it is too late.

-Jean Cocteau, From the original program, May 18, 1917, Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris, France.

 

Music - Erik Satie

Lighting Design- Kevin Dreyer after Thomas Skelton's original design

Curtain, Scenery and Costumes - Pablo Picasso

 

U.S. (and Joffrey) Premiere: March 22, 1973, City Center, New York, New York

World Premiere: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, May 18, 1917, Thѐâtre du Chatelet, Paris, France

Performed in - 2003 (Diaghilev Dynasty)

 

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Choreography - Leonide Massine

 

The scene represents a Sunday Fair in Paris.  There is a traveling Theatre, and three Music Hall turns are employed as Parade.  There are the Chinese Conjuror, an American girl, and a pair of Acrobats.  Three Managers are occupied in advertising the show.  They tell each other that the crowd in front is confusing the outside performance with the show which is about to take place within, and they try, in their crudest fashion, to induce the public to come and see the entertainment within, but the crowd remained unconvinced.  After the last performance, the Managers make another effort, but the Theatre remains empty.  The Chinaman, the Acrobats, and the American girl, seeing that the Managers have failed, make a last appeal on their own account.  But it is too late.

-Jean Cocteau, From the original program, May 18, 1917, Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris, France.

 

Music - Erik Satie

Lighting Design- Kevin Dreyer after Thomas Skelton's original design

Curtain, Scenery and Costumes - Pablo Picasso

 

U.S. (and Joffrey) Premiere: March 22, 1973, City Center, New York, New York

World Premiere: Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, May 18, 1917, Thѐâtre du Chatelet, Paris, France

Performed in - 2003 (Diaghilev Dynasty)