Apres-Midi d'un Faune May 29, 1912. L'Apres-midi d'un faune was #choreographed by Vaslav #Nijinsky for the #Diaghilev Ballets Russes and was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1912, with Nijinsky dancing the role of the Faun. Both the #ballet and score to which it was set, Claude #Debussy's 'Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune', were inspired by the poem of the same title by Stephane Malarme. Design was by Leon #Bakst. Choreographic features of the work include a frieze-like archaic design, profiled stance, and alternation of movement and pose.
The Col. de Basil Ballets Russes' revival of L'Apres-midi d'un faune premiered in London on October 2, 1933, and Australian audiences first saw the work during the 1936-1937 tour by the Monte Carlo Russian Ballet. Its first performance was in Adelaide on October 20,1936. The review in The Advertiser the following day noted that the work 'struck a new note in ballet', and hailed Leon #Woizikowsy as magnetizing the audience with his amazing delineation of the part of The Faun. During the second Ballets Russes tour by the Covent Garden Russian Ballet a truncated solo version was performed by David #Lichine in a 'principles only' farewell gala in Sydney on 27 April 1939.
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