Germaine Tailleferre and Hlne Perdriat's Le Marchand d'oiseaux (1923): French feminist ballet?
Studies in Musical Theatre, 4(1),
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.
||ballet; feminism; marginalization; neoclassicism; modernism; reception
||Arts > Music
||28 Jan 2011 09:53
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