Poster ID: CL31115
Original Title: Serge Lifar Promethee Ballet
Year of Poster: 1930s
Category: Theatrical/Ballet and Dance
Country of Poster: French
Size: 63 x 47 inches = 160 x 119 cm
Condition: Very Good
After Diaghilev's death, in 1929, Lifar joined the Paris Opera Ballet as premier danseur and ballet master and soon instituted weekly ballet performances, thus abolishing the Opera's practice of producing ballet only in conjunction with opera. In 1932 he was awarded the title of professeur de danse and began reforms of the Opera's school to enable its dancers to perform the more modern ballets, particularly his own.
Lifar believed that dance was more important than the music and decor in a ballet, and he held that since ballet technique has its own innate formal values, its choreography should not derive from music. Lifar first experimented with this controversial concept in Icare (1935)
Apart from revivals of classical ballets, Lifar staged more than 50 works for the Opera, including Promethee (1929), David triomphant (1936), Le Chevalier et la damoiselle (1941), Joan de Zarissa (1942), Les Mirages (1947), Phedre (1950), and Les Noces fantastiques (1955). Most of his ballets were considered modern but classical in structure. Many were narrative works, with themes drawn from classical mythology and legend or from the Bible. His ballets often attempted to convey the drama through appropriate technique and choreography, rather than through mime-dance, and, in contrast to prevalent Opera custom, frequently gave leading, rather than supporting, roles to men.
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