Dancing Pulcinella

What do you get when you put a clown, his girlfriend, a couple of lovesick girls, a sorcerer and a neighborhood of other oddballs in the same bag – and shake?

You get the ballet Pulcinella, that masterpiece of old wine in new bottles that was the lovechild of no less than Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, choreographer Leonid Massine and impresario Sergei Diaghilev.

Pulcinella‘s quirky characters come straight from the Commedia dell’arte, and Stravinsky’s music for the 1920 ballet is packed with stunning reworkings of music by Giovanni Pergolesi and other 18th-century composers.

Above is the first installment in a five-part series of videos of a performance of the complete Pulcinella ballet, choreographed by Nils Christe.

And if you’d like to view Parts 2 through 5, here they are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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