Germaine Tailleferre and Hlne Perdriat's Le Marchand d'oiseaux (1923): French feminist ballet?

Hamer, Laura (2010). Germaine Tailleferre and Hlne Perdriat's Le Marchand d'oiseaux (1923): French feminist ballet? Studies in Musical Theatre, 4(1) pp. 113–120.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/smt.4.1.113_1

Abstract

In 1923 Germaine Tailleferre, the only female member of the group of French composers known as Les Six, completed Le Marchand d’oiseaux for the Ballet Suédois, with a scenario, costumes, and set designs by the woman artist and poetess Hélène Perdriat. Interestingly, a number of the contemporary critics interpreted the work (mainly the product of two women) as a feminist manifestation. This article examines the justification for labelling Le Marchand d’oiseaux a feminist work and posits the theory that it may be more apt, especially within the context of the development of interwar musical Modernism, to understand it as a Neoclassical ballet.

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