The Dance Theatre of Jean Cocteau Frank W.D. Ries Serge Diaghilev (founder of the Ballet Russes) said to Cocteau “Astonish me!” in pre-World War I Paris. Cocteau did astonish Diaghilev and the dance-going world. In an artistic career spanning five decades, and for which he was best known as poet, artist, dramatist, designer and filmmaker, Jean Cocteau was also involved directly and indirectly with nearly twenty ballets. His influence on such works as Parade, Le Jeune homme et la mort, Orphée, and La Dame à la licorne was pervasive – from the dramatic action, to lighting, to costume and set design. His creations, in collaboration with composers (like Stravinsky), artists (like Picasso) and choreographers (Fokine, Nijinsky), were fully integrated theater pieces and still performed today. About the author: Frank Ries was a noted dance historian and iconic professor/performer at University of California, Santa Barbara who researched all of Cocteau's ballets. Dr. Ries used interviews and Cocteau's own writings, reviews and critiques – some of which have never previously been translated – in this analysis of Cocteau's involvement in the world of dance. 260 pages, hardbound, 28 black and white photographs ISBN 978-1-85273-169-4

The Dance Theatre of Jean Cocteau

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  • The Dance Theatre of Jean Cocteau Frank W.D. Ries 260 pages, hardbound, 28 black and white photographs ISBN 978-1-85273-169-4
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