National Dance Company Wales reimagine the radical 1917 ballet Parade by Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso for our own troubled times.
The radical ballet Parade was created in 1917 by the combined genius of Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso. It broke new ground, bringing performers onto the street and imprisoning dancers in huge cardboard costumes. The score included the sound of a mop, a typewriter and a gun.
Now, National Dance Company Wales and the artist Marc Rees reimagine the piece on an epic scale for our own times. The immersive performance, staged both inside and out, includes political unrest, fake news and a renegade robot. The rarely seen Parade is choreographed by NDCWales's artistic director Caroline Finn, and Satie's score is performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Martin Yates.
P.A.R.A.D.E is part of the Russia '17 season that marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution with a range of events which capture the social and cultural explosion of the era and Wales's historic connections with the Russia of the time.