Les Fâcheux

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1. Seminal comédie-ballet with music and choreography by Beauchamps and libretto by Molière. Premiered 17 Aug. 1661 in front of Louis XIV at Vaux. Text and dance were combined to tell the story of a man thwarted from meeting his beloved by a string of eccentrics and bores. The ballet was a direct forerunner of Noverre's ballet d'action.

2. Ballet in one act based on Molière, with libretto by Kochno, choreography by Nijinska, music by Auric, and design by Braque. Premiered 19 Jan. 1924 by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes at Monte Carlo with Tchernicheva, Vilzak, and Dolin. Despite the latter's novelty pointe work and the excellence of Braque's designs this ballet was not a success. Massine choreographed a new version for the same company, premiered in Monte Carlo on 3 May 1927 and danced in it himself, but with no greater success.

Subjects: Dance.

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