Article Le Train Bleu (ballet in 1 act)

Music by Darius Milhaud; libretto by Jean Cocteau; sets by Henri Laurens; costumes by Gabrielle (“Coco”) Chanel; curtain by Pablo Picasso; choreography by Bronislava Nijinska; premiere on 20 June 1924, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris.

This ballet examined the shallowness of modern love and its title was motivated by the train that took fashionable sun worshipers from Paris to the chic seaside resorts of southern France. The ballet’s characters included a tennis player, based on a 1920s French champion, Suzanne Lenglen, and a golf player said to be modeled on the Prince of Wales. Other characters in the ballet were described by the librettist Jean Cocteau as “tarts and gigolos.”

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Title
Le Train Bleu (ballet in 1 act)
Contributor Names
Milhaud, Darius (composer)
Cocteau, Jean (librettist)
Laurens, Henri (set_designer)
Chanel, Gabrielle [Coco] (costume_designer)
Picasso, Pablo (curtain_designer)
Nijinska, Bronislava (choreographer)
Created / Published
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 20 June 1924.
Subject Headings
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-  Songs and Music
Genre
article
Online Format
online text
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Article. This ballet examined the shallowness of modern love and its title was motivated by the train that took fashionable sun worshipers from Paris to the chic seaside resorts of southern France. The ballet’s characters included a tennis player, based on a 1920s French champion, Suzanne Lenglen, and a golf player said to be modeled on the Prince of Wales. Other characters in the ballet were described by the librettist Jean Cocteau as “tarts and gigolos.”
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Milhaud, Darius, Jean Cocteau, Henri Laurens, Gabrielle Coco Chanel, Pablo Picasso, and Bronislava Nijinska. LeTrain Bleu ballet in 1 act. Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 20 June, 1924. Online Text. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200185254/. (Accessed March 30, 2017.)

APA citation style:

Milhaud, D., Cocteau, J., Laurens, H., Chanel, G. C., Picasso, P. & Nijinska, B. (1924) LeTrain Bleu ballet in 1 act. Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 20 June. [Online Text] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200185254/.

MLA citation style:

Milhaud, Darius, et al. LeTrain Bleu ballet in 1 act. Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, 20 June, 1924. Online Text. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <https://www.loc.gov/item/ihas.200185254/>.