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PARADE & the Velvet Gentleman

The ballet “Parade” was premiered at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris in 1917 by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, portraying the music of Erik Satie scored to a one-act scenario by Jean Cocteau with costumes and sets designed by Pablo Picasso.

“PARADE & the Velvet Gentleman” revisits this historical ballet with contemporary aesthetics and techniques: One of the characters is presented as a stop-motion animation figure projected on the screen while the ‘horse’ (Troisième Manager) adopts a contemporary headdress mask and costume. The scene of the acrobats features a technique known as ‘projection-dancing’: When the dancers enter the stage they appear to cast a shadow on the screen … but this is not really their shadow – it is actually a video projection that develops into a choreographic ‘dialogue’ between the 2 dancers and their own silhouette.