Gaîté parisienne

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Massine, libretto and designs by Comte Étienne de Beaumont, and music by Offenbach arranged by Manuel Rosenthal. Premiered 5 Apr. 1938 by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Monte Carlo with Tarakanova, Eugénie Delarova, Massine, Jeanette Lauret, Franklin, and Youskevitch. A humorous divertissement set in a Paris night-club, the ballet portrays the flirtatious interaction between characters from Offenbach's La Vie parisienne—a wealthy Peruvian, a Glove-Seller, a Flower Girl, and an Officer. It was Massine's first work for the newly created Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and in 1941 it was filmed by Warner Brothers and released as The Gay Parisian. It was also revived for several companies, including the Royal Swedish Ballet (1956), American Ballet Theatre (1970), London Festival Ballet (1973), and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo (1989). American Ballet Theatre remounted it in 1988 with controversial new costumes by Christian Lacroix.

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