LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presents Basin Dance Collective’s production of PARADE, an original dance theater work, at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on March 16, 2017, 7 pm.
The contemporary dance is a reinterpretation of a historical work that is over 100 years old.
In 1917, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes premiered Parade in Paris with music by Erik Satie, scenery and costumes by Pablo Picasso, choreography by Léonide Massine, and book by Jean Cocteau. The collaboration began in the midst of World War I as many were challenging the rigid, tradition bound aesthetic of the bourgeois society. In Cocteau’s words, he wanted the ballet to reflect the “brash commercialism of modern life.”
Parade was the first work of art to be labeled as Surrealism, pre-dating the visual art movement in Paris by three years. Everyday sounds and popular entertainment of the period such as Parisian music halls and American Silent Films were influential in all aspects of the ballet. The scenario of the original ballet features the failed attempt of a troupe of performers who emerge from Picasso’s famous scenery to dance in the street with the hope that spectators will pay to come inside the theater for the real show.