Le Train bleu

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Ballet in one act with choreography by Nijinska, libretto by Cocteau, music by Milhaud, curtain by Picasso, set by Henri Laurens, and costumes by Chanel. Premiered 20 Jun. 1924, by the Ballets Russes de Diaghilev at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées, Paris, with Nijinska, Sokolova, Dolin, and Woizikowsky. A ballet with a sporting theme, it features a group of the rich and fashionable disporting themselves on the Mediterranean coast. Cocteau's scenario was influenced by the Olympic Games, silent films, and jazz music, while Nijinska's choreography had a strong gymnastic element to it. Nijinska danced the role of the Champion Tennis Player, Woizikowsky the golfer, and Dolin (an accomplished athlete) was the swimming champion. The Train Bleu itself, an express train between Paris and the Côte d'Azur, does not appear in the ballet. The ballet's first complete revival was at the Oakland Ballet in 1989; it was restaged at the Paris Opera in 1992.

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