Creation by the Ballets Russes, at the National Theatre of the Paris Opera, with choreography by Leonide Massine, May 15th 1920
Version by Nils Christe created by the Scapino Ballet
in Amsterdam, November 4th 1987
Premiere by the Ballet du Capitole, October 24th 2012
Music Igor Stravinsky, after Giambattista Pergolesi
Choreography Nils Christe
Sets and costumes Tom Schenk
Lighting Kees Tjebbes
Pulcinella features the traditional Neapolitan character from the commedia dell'arte, an inveterate womanizer, braggart and pugnacious who take us off in an eternal love game that combines neoclassical body movements, acrobatics, pantomime and slapstick.
This version by Nils Christe has a beautiful dramatic unity with choreographic and theatrical inventiveness. Once the curtain rises, the public is transported in Naples, home of Pulcinella with its linen to the windows, its earthy characters like the Doctor and Tartaglia, its mischievous young men who think only about love, its misunderstandings, its deceptions and its big farce, indispensable dramatic motives for any self-respecting commedia dell'arte.