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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 (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/smt.4.1.113_1
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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.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: Not known
ISSN: 1750-3167
Keywords: ballet; feminism; marginalization; neoclassicism; modernism; reception
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > Music
Item ID: 27432
Depositing User: Laura Hamer
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2011 09:53
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 14:28
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27432
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