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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Video: Royal Danish Ballet's Golden Cockerel

A fabled fairytale ballet about love, war – and a golden cockerel

Based on a 1834 poem by Pushkin, The Golden Cockerel premiered as an epic opera by Rimsky-Korsakov in 1909 offering satirical commentary on the Russian Revolution of 1905  and the Russo-Japanese War. The fabled psychic cockerel first reached a wider international audience when staged as Le Coq d'Or by the Ballets Russes under the choreographic direction of Mikhail Fokine and at the Opéra de Paris in 1914 under the direction of Diaghilev.

Alexei Ratmansky has restaged the folkloric fairytale ballet, which satirises King Dodon and his bumbling conniving against the Queen of Shemakha, whom he believes is preparing an attack. The cockerel screeches “Danger, beware,” and the ravishing queen seduces the king, who is seriously taken for a ride.

The sets and costumes, designed by frequent Ratmansky collaborator Richard Hudson, are inspired by the original Ballets Russes designs by Natalia Goncharova.

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