Friday 27 July, 2018

Teatru Manoel, Valletta (MALTA)


PARADE & the Velvet Gentleman celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ballet Parade, premiered in 1917 by Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. This 20th century masterpiece features the music of Erik Satie scored to a one-act scenario by Jean Cocteau with costumes and sets designed by Pablo Picasso. This new version of “Parade” revisits the ballet on an interdisciplinary platform, embellishing the choreography with stop motion animation, puppetry and projection dancing. The performance includes other works by Satie, known by his contemporaries as ‘the velvet gentleman’. The programme includes some of his masterpieces for the piano such as Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes as well as works prefiguring the minimalism of Steve Reich and the incidental music of John Cage.

“The smallest work by Satie is small the same way a keyhole is small. Everything changes when you put your eye to it.” – Jean Cocteau


Book your tickets: Teatru Manoel

View on Youtube: PARADE – Erik Satie

Times of Malta: Family-friendly ballet offers half price tickets for children



Artistic director
Ruben Zahra

Tricia Dawn Williams & Gisèle Grima

Choreography & Dancers
Diane Portelli & Dorian Mallia
Moveo Dance Company

Ritienne Zammit

Projection Dance Sequence
MAKA Visuals

Stop-motion animation
Christ Scicluna

Masks & Puppets
Charles Bezzina

Paper Cinema
Trevor Zahra

Christopher Gatt
music / dance

10 and over