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Notes & Reviews:

'In spite of its name, Diaghilev's Ballets Russes never performed in Russia, for all that its early productions - The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring, to name only three - were emphatically Russian in character. But with the advent of the First World War the company was obliged to become more open to western influences. It was in the hope of repeating these successes that Diaghilev approached Stravinsky towards the end of the decade and discussed with him a commedia dell'arte ballet inspired by the popular Neapolitan play Le quattro Polcinelle (The Four Pulcinellas) of around 1700, the scenario for which Diaghilev himself had already cobbled together with the help of Lonide Massine, at that time his favorite choreographer. "The whole choreographic staging represents my own personal work." Thus could Heinz Spoerli have adapted Stravinsky's comment on the work and applied it to his own choreography. It was in 1980 that the then forty-year-old director and principal choreographer of the Basle Ballet staged Pulcinella as a comic ballet for his company, a staging that was recorded for television in 1983. Just as Stravinsky did with Pergolesi, so Spoerli took the version of Diaghilev, Massine and Stravinsky as his starting point and turned it into a ballet that bore all the hallmarks of Spoerli's work, with the Naples of the original being imbued, as it were, by the spirit of a Basle Shrovetide play.' - Horst Koegler


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