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Les Fâcheux

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 ...

Fâcheux, Les

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Fâcheux, Les 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...

Les Fâcheux

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 ...
Boris Kochno

Boris Kochno  

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(b Moscow, 3 Jan. 1904; d Paris, 8 Dec. 1990)Russian-French ballet librettist and dance writer. In 1920 he became Diaghilev's secretary and advised him closely on many ballets. He wrote several ...
Pierre Beauchamps

Pierre Beauchamps  

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(b Paris, 1631 (baptized 30 Oct.); d Paris, 1705)French dancer, choreographer, ballet master, and composer, who is credited with inventing the five classic positions of classical ballet. He trained ...
Anatole Vilzak

Anatole Vilzak  

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(b Vilnius, Lithuania, 29 Aug. 1896 (some sources say St Petersburg, 31 Aug. 1896); d San Francisco, 15 Aug. 1998)Russian-US dancer and teacher. He studied at the Imperial Theatre School in St ...
Lubov Tchernicheva

Lubov Tchernicheva  

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(b St Petersburg, 17 Sept. 1890; d Richmond, Surrey, 1 Mar. 1976)Russian-British dancer, teacher and ballet mistress. She studied at the Imperial Theatre School in St Petersburg with Fokine; later ...
Dame Ninette de Valois

Dame Ninette de Valois  

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(orig. Edris Stannus; b Baltiboys, Ireland, 6 Jun. 1898; d London, 8 Mar. 2001)Irish-born British dancer, choreographer, teacher, and ballet director. Founder of the Royal Ballet and one of the ...
Thomas Shadwell

Thomas Shadwell  

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(?1642–92),dramatist, whose first play The Sullen Lovers (1668) was based on Molière's Les Facheux. He wrote some fourteen comedies, including The Squire of Alsatia (1688), The Virtuoso (1676, a ...
Braque, Georges

Braque, Georges (13 May 1882)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Braque, Georges ( b Argenteuil , 13 May 1882 ; d Paris , 31 Aug. 1963 ) French painter and designer . Among his ballet designs were Nijinska 's Les Fâcheux ( 1924 ), and Massine 's Salade ( 1924 ) and Zéphire et Flore ( 1925...

Auric, Georges

Auric, Georges (15 Feb. 1899)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...Auric, Georges ( b Lodève , 15 Feb. 1899 ; d Lodève , 23 Jul. 1983 ) French composer , who as a member of Les Six contributed to the ballet score Les Mariés de la Tour Eiffel (chor. Börlin , Paris 1921 , Les Ballets Suédois). He also wrote the music for Nijinska 's Les Fâcheux ( 1924 ), for Massine 's Les Matelots ( 1925 ), Le Peintre et son modèle ( 1949 ), and Bal de voleurs ( 1960 ), for Balanchine 's La Pastorale ( 1926 ) and La Concurrence ( 1932 ), for Lifar 's Phèdre ( 1950 ), and for V. Gsovsky 's Chemin de lumière (...

Comédie‐ballet

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The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French

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...performance. It combines comedy or farce with interludes of song, dance, and music derived from the ballet de cour . The first such piece was Les Fâcheux , performed at Vaux‐le‐Vicomte for Fouquet in 1661 . Comédies‐ballets make up a large part of Molière's work, including such well‐known plays (now often performed with the ballet element scaled down) as George Dandin , Le Bourgeois gentilhomme , and Le Malade imaginaire , for which Lully wrote the music. [ Peter France...

Molière

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...A dancer himself, Molière wrote the libretto for Beauchamps 's Les Fâcheux ( 1661 ), which inaugurated the genre of the comédie-ballet. He collaborated with Lully on the comédie-ballets L'Amour médecin ( 1665 ), Monsieur de Pourceaugnac ( 1669 ), and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme ( 1670 ). He wrote the libretto for Lully 's Le Mariage forcé ( 1664 ) and collaborated with Lully and Beauchamps on Les Festes de l'Amour et de Bacchus ( 1672 ). He died while performing in his own ballet, Le Malade imaginaire...

Kochno, Boris

Kochno, Boris (3 Jan. 1904)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...He wrote several librettos for Les Ballets Russes including Les Fâcheux ( 1924 ), Zéphire et Flore ( 1925 ), La Chatte ( 1927 ), The Gods Go a-Begging ( 1928 ), and Prodigal Son ( 1929 ). After Diaghilev's death he became artistic adviser of Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo where he wrote librettos for Cotillon and Jeux d'enfants (both 1932 ) and then in 1933 was co-founder with Balanchine of Les Ballets 1933 . From 1934 to 1937 he was back with the Monte Carlo company then in 1945 he wrote the libretto for Les Forains whose success led to...

Comédie-Ballet

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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...songs, and dancing, in which the King and his courtiers usually joined. Although the genre was not invented by Molière , he gave it literary form, making the dialogue equal to or even more important than the music. His first comédie-ballet was Les Fâcheux ( 1661 ) but the finest example of it is Le Bourgeois gentilhomme ( 1671 ). Among Molière's collaborators in the preparation of these Court spectacles were Philippe Quinault and, on one occasion, in Psyché ( 1671 ), the great Corneille himself. The music was by Lully , who eventually...

Shadwell, Thomas

Shadwell, Thomas (?1642–92)   Quick reference

The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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...Thomas ( ?1642–92 ) Dramatist, whose first play The Sullen Lovers ( 1668 ) was based on Molière 's Les Fâcheux ; in its preface he proclaimed himself a follower of Ben Jonson 's comedy of humours. He wrote some fourteen comedies, including The Squire of Alsatia ( 1688 ), The Virtuoso ( 1676 , a satire on the Royal Society ), Epsom Wells ( 1672 ), and Bury Fair ( 1689 ); the last two give an interesting if scurrilous picture of contemporary manners, watering places, and amusements. He also wrote operas, adapting William Shakespeare 's ...

Shadwell, Thomas

Shadwell, Thomas (c.1642–92)   Reference library

The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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...Thomas ( c. 1642–92 ), Restoration dramatist, whose first play The Sullen Lovers; or, The Impertinents ( 1668 ) was based on Molière 's Les Fâcheux ( 1661 ). The comedies which followed it seem, however, more indebted to Jonson , whom Shadwell much admired. The best known of them is Epsom Wells ( 1672 ). Shadwell has been much criticized for his adaptation of The Tempest as an opera, The Enchanted Island ( 1674 ), in which, following the examples of Davenant and Dryden , everything was subordinated to the stage machinery and scenery. He...

Shadwell, Thomas

Shadwell, Thomas (?1642–92)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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...Thomas ( ?1642–92 ) Dramatist , born in Norfolk and educated at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, whose first play The Sullen Lovers ( 1668 ) was based on Molière 's Les Fâcheux ; in its preface he proclaimed himself a follower of Ben Jonson 's comedy of humours. He wrote some fourteen comedies, including The Squire of Alsatia ( 1688 ), The Virtuoso ( 1676 , a satire on the Royal Society ), Epsom Wells ( 1672 ), and Bury Fair ( 1689 ); the last two give an interesting if scurrilous picture of contemporary manners, watering...

Beauchamps, Pierre

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The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...at the newly founded Paris Opera. As a composer Beauchamps also worked with Molière (who was in fact a relative) and contributed the score and choreography for the latter's 1661 comedy-ballet, Les Fâcheux (as well as conducting the orchestra). This was the first of many collaborations with Molière; later productions included Le Mariage forcé ( 1664 ) and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme ( 1670 ), both of which had music by Lully . On 19 Mar. 1671 Beauchamps choreographed Pomone , the first opera produced at the Paris Opera. In 1672 he joined the Paris...

Vilzak, Anatole

Vilzak, Anatole (29 Aug. 1896)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...created roles in Nijinska's Les Biches ( 1924 ) and Les Fâcheux ( 1924 ). He was the Ballets Russes leading danseur noble, and also in 1923 staged Swan Lake (with Schollar ) for the company. In 1925 , however, he was dismissed by Diaghilev for supporting the dancers' attempts to gain better working conditions. He subsequently danced for Bronislava Nijinska at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires ( 1926 ) and joined Ida Rubinstein's company, where he was premier danseur, dancing in the first productions of Nijinska 's Les Noces de Psyché et de l'Amour ,...

Tchernicheva, Lubov

Tchernicheva, Lubov (17 Sept. 1890)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Dance (2 ed.)

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...it folded in 1929 , one of its finest character dancers. She created roles in many ballets, among them Massine 's The Good-Humoured Ladies ( 1917 ), La Boutique fantasque ( 1919 ), Pulcinella ( 1920 ), Zéphire et Flore ( 1925 ), and Le Pas d'acier ( 1927 ), Nijinska 's Les Noces ( 1923 ) and Les Fâcheux ( 1924 ), and Balanchine 's Jack-in-the-Box ( 1926 ), The Triumph of Neptune ( 1926 ), Apollon musagète ( Calliope , 1928 ), and The Gods Go a-Begging ( 1928 ). She also danced the Fokine repertory including the roles of Zobeide,...

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