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VRA Core 4 Example 44: Ballet (1912 production)
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agent Bronislava Nijinska (Russian dancer, 1891-1972); Claude Debussy (French composer, 1862-1918); Dydia Nelidova (Russian dancer, active ca. 1910-1913); Léon Bakst (Russian scenographer, 1866-1924); Pierre Monteux (French conductor, 1875-1964); Serge Diaghilev (Russian impresario, 1872-1929); Waslaw Nijinsky (Russian choreographer, ca. 1890-1950); Waslaw Nijinsky (Russian dancer, ca. 1890-1950)
culturalContext French; Russian
date 1912 (performance); Spring 1912-Spring 1913 (inclusive)
description Jean Cocteau helped to explain the Mallarmé poem (Nijinsky spoke little French) and with developing a scenario for the ballet. The style of the ballet, in which a young faun meets several nymphs, flirts with them and chases them, was deliberately archaic. In the original scenography designed by Léon Bakst, the dancers were presented as part of a large tableau, a staging reminiscent of an ancient Greek vase painting. The music by Debussy already existed in a fully orchestrated form. The ballet has roles for seven dancers, the Faun and six Nymphs. Due to its hostile reception the ballet was only in the repertoire for a few years before being forgotten and assumed lost.
Wikipedia; (accessed 8/18/2013) [description source]
location Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris, Île-de-France, France) [performance]
Premiere performance; 2 rue Edouard Colonne, Place du Châtelet [location note]
measurements 12 min (running time)
source Core 4 Sample Database (VCat)
stylePeriod Symbolist; Twentieth century
subject allegorical; mythology (Classical); Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Mallarmé, Stéphane, 1842-1898. Après-midi d’un faune
technique choreography
title Afternoon of a Faun [Nijinsky ballet] [descriptive, true, en]
L'après-midi d'un faune [cited, false, fr]
The Afternoon of a Faun [translated, false, en]
worktype performing arts; dance; ballet
Last modified October 13, 2014