At the Large Theater in Pompeii, the “PARADE” & “PULCINELLA” ballets are on show
In 1917 Picasso traveled to Italy together with Jean Cocteau to work with the Russian Ballet “Parade”. During his stay the artist visited Rome, Naples and Pompeii.
The Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism celebrates the centenary of Picasso's journey with important initiatives, such as the next show promoted by Pompeii’s archaeological park in collaboration with Mondadori Electa: the “Parade-Pulcinella evening” scheduled in the Large Theatre of the ruins.
From Thursday, July 27th, to Saturday, July 29th, the dancers Rebecca Bianchi, Claudio Cocino, Manuel Paruccini and the chorus of the Opera of Rome, directed by Eleonora Abbagnato, will revive the characters and the magical ballets “Parade” and “Pulcinella”.
The “Parade” ballet was born in Rome in 1917 by the collaboration - masterfully orchestrated by the Russian Ballet’s manager Sergey Djagilev - between Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Léonide Massine and Erik Satie. It was immediately thought of by its creators as a new and a revolutionary ballet, where, for the first time, on stage there were three-dimensional costumes similar to sculptures, on an innovative choreography made of dry and fast movements. The setting is the present of that era, a street in Paris where some artists from the circus’ universe and the music-hall - a Chinese wizard, a young American girl and two acrobats - perform with the intent of attracting the spectators. “Parade” exalts characters portrayed in everyday scenes and it was completely detached from the other ballets of the era, based on myth and fairy tale.
“Pulcinella”, a ballet in one act set in the city of Naples, went on stage for the first time on May 15th, 1920 at the Opéra Theater in Paris and Picasso's "visual provocation" immediately received the spectator’s consent. Threefold signature: Igor Stravinskij's music, Léonide Massine's choreography, Pablo Picasso's stage design and costumes. The idea was born from the suggestions collected by Diaghilev, Stravinskij, Massine and Picasso during two trips to the city of Naples and s trip to Pompeii made in March and April 1917. The inspiration for the ballet is the atmosphere lived in the alleys and the Neapolitan markets, the charm of the ancient city of Pompeii and the great tradition of the Italian Art Commedia. To suggest the subject of the ballet is the finding of a manuscript in the National Library of Naples, centered on the famous mask of Pulcinella. Picasso creates a scenery whose fragmentation into rectangles, squares and trapeziums is based on the geometric setting of Cubism and whose cool colors exalt the light of the costumes. In Naples he had been able to attend numerous puppet shows with the Pulcinella protagonist, remaining particularly fascinated by his repeated changes in addressing the audience.
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