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La Fête étrange


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Ballet in one act with choreography by A. Howard, libretto by Ronald Crichton, music by Fauré, and design by Fedorovitch. Premiered 23 May 1940 by London Ballet at the Arts Theatre, London, with Lloyd, Staff, and Paltenghi. It is based on Alain-Fournier's novel Le Grand Meaulnes and portrays the experience of a young boy who stumbles upon an engagement party in a mysterious chateau, and by falling in love with the young châtelaine unintentionally causes her estrangement from her fiancé. With its sensitive, understated treatment of the central characters this ballet was widely considered Howard's greatest achievement. In 1957 it was revived for Royal Ballet and in 1971 for Scottish Theatre Ballet.

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