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Theatre costume - Le Bal
  • Le Bal
    di Chirico, Giorgio, born 1888 - died 1978
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Le Bal

  • Object:

    Theatre costume

  • Date:

    circa 1929 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    di Chirico, Giorgio, born 1888 - died 1978 (designer)

  • Museum number:

    S.853-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Costume for a male dancer in the Spanish pas de trois in the Ballets Russes production of Le Bal, 1929.

It consists of a brown silk-velvet cutaway jacket, with sheepskin collar. The hem and centre front decorated with parallel bands of gold cord. There are exaggerated epaulettes at each shoulder in white cord, both with tasselled ends. Both front and back panels have been appliquéd with mirror images of a stylised 'scroll' in silver braid. The jacket is lined throughout with beige cotton. It was worn with black wool, full length pantaloons, which had a scroll decoration on the leg in gold silk braid.

The music for this ballet was composed by Vittorio Rieti and the ballet was choreographed by George Balanchine. The scenery and costumes were designed by Giorgio de Chirico. The costumes were executed under the direction of Mme A. Youkine.

It was first performed by the Ballets Russes on 9 May 1929 at the Théâtre de Monte Carlo. It was first performed in London on 8 July 1929 at the Royal Opera House.

Physical description

Costume for a male dancer in the Spanish pas de trois in the Ballets Russes production of Le Bal, 1929.

Brown silk-velvet cutaway jacket, with sheepskin collar. The hem and centre front decorated with parallel bands of gold silk braid/cord. There are exaggerated epaulettes at each shoulder in thick white cord, both with tasselled ends. Both front and back panels have been appliquéd with mirror images of a stylised 'scroll' in silver silk braid. The jacket is lined throughout with beige cotton.

Date

circa 1929 (designed)

Artist/maker

di Chirico, Giorgio, born 1888 - died 1978 (designer)

Dimensions

Length: 64 cm Jacket, collar to hem, Width: 60 cm Jacket, shoulder width, Length: 70 cm Breeches, waist to hem, Width: 40 cm Breeches, width, Weight: 1.3 kg Packed weight of object

Descriptive line

Costume for a male dancer in the Spanish pas de trois in Balanchine's ballet Le Bal, designed by Giorgio de Chirico, Diaghilev Ballet, 1929.

Materials

Velvet; Silk braid; Cotton (textile); Cord (fiber product)

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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