Marc Chagall. Dance of the Gypsies. Sketch for the choreographer for scene 4 of the ballet Aleko. 1942

Marc Chagall Dance of the Gypsies. Sketch for the choreographer for scene 4 of the ballet Aleko 1942

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For the 1942 Ballet Theatre of New York production (premiere Mexico City). Choreography by Léonide Massine. Music by Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky

In addition to designing the decor and costumes for Aleko, Chagall used line and wash to suggest overall stage compositions and body positions for the ballet's choreographer, Léonide Massine. The boisterous group dances accompanied by hand clapping and fiddle playing depicted in these drawings attest to Aleko's folk-inflected spirit.

Gallery label from Stage Pictures: Drawing for Performance, March 11–August 24, 2009.
Medium
Watercolor, pencil, and ink on paper
Dimensions
10 3/8 x 16" (26.4 x 40.6 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange)
Object number
137.1945.59
Copyright
© 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Associated work
Designs for the ballet Aleko
Department
Drawings and Prints

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