Saturday, October 13, 2012

Dali, Salvador - Le Tricorne, Suite of 20 Engravings 1959

Zaidan Gallery
The Suite was based on:

Le Tricorne [The Three-cornered Hat]

Ballet in one act

Original producer:Les Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghilev

Premiere: 22 July 1919, Alhambra Theatre, London

Revival producer: Les Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo

Revival premiere: 20 February 1934, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago

Costume design: Picasso, Pablo

Scenery design: Picasso, Pablo

Music: Manuel de Falla

Choreography: Léonide Massine

Libretto: Gregorio Martínez Sierra, after a novella by Pedro Alarcón

Main characters: The Miller, the Miller’s Wife, the Corregidor, the Corregidor’s Wife, the Dandy, Alguacile

This ballet is a love story set in the eighteenth century in a small Spanish village, where a miller and his wife, although very much in love, flirt with passers-by in order to test each other’s affection. One of these passers-by is the Corregidor, governor of the province, who is travelling with his entourage. Attracted by the miller’s wife, he begins to court her. Although she initially leads him on, once her husband returns she makes fun of him as being old and ridiculous. The angry Corregidor leaves, promising revenge on the couple for this humiliation. He returns with his officers, who arrest the miller. After they have left, the Corregidor attempts to grab the miller’s wife, who runs away. Although he chases after her she eludes him, trips him into a stream and runs off, frightened. Drenched, the Corregidor enters the mill, undresses and hangs his clothes out to dry before retiring to the miller’s bed for a nap. The miller returns and, seeing the Corregidor’s clothes, steals them, replacing them with his own and a note. The Corregidor is forced to leave in the miller’s clothes to the taunts of the villagers.