Ned Rorem - 1951

from Lies: A Diary 1986-1999, page 229:

In 1951 I saw a revival of Sauguet's ballet La Rencontre (1948), wherein the choreographer, David Lichine, poses the female Sphinx on a promontory some twelve feet above the stage. When Oedipus answers her question, she surges up in horrific despair, and as the curtain slowly falls she topple forward, to be caught by the ankles so that she dangles, inverted, swinging back and forth - the most spectacuar coup de théâtre I've ever witnessed. 

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Ned Rorem, Lies: A Diary 1986-1999 (New York, 2002), p. 229. accessed: 20 July, 2024


Ned Rorem
Critic, essayist, Composer, Diarist […]

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La Rencontre
written by Henri Sauguet

Experience Information

Date/Time 1951
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Location unknown.

Originally submitted by pashworth on Thu, 23 Jul 2015 09:49:25 +0100
Approved on Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:32:58 +0000