CHERI / HAYDN PIECES

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  • Scottish Ballet

Decade:

  • 1990s

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Title: CHERI / HAYDN PIECES

Reference number: 11272

Date: 1995, June

Sound: sound

Original format: S-VHS

Colour: col

Fiction: fiction

Running time: 98.33 mins

Description: A performance of a double bill of 'Cheri' and 'Haydn Pieces' by Scottish Ballet [recorded at Whitehall Theatre, Dundee, June 1995].

'Cheri' and 'Haydn Pieces' were performed as part of Scottish Ballet's Spring Into Summer Tour in 1995. See also refs. 10917 and 11271 for performances of 'Cheri' in 1980.

The Scottish Theatre Archive holds material relating to 'Cheri', including: Leaflet for 'Cheri' at the King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 17 August-6 September 1980. Call number: STA SB 15/3b. Programme for 'Cheri' at the Grand Opera House, Belfast, 22-26 April 1986. Call number: STA SB 10/27a.

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Credits: [Cheri
Choreographer: Peter Darrell
Music: David Earl
Scenario: Colette de Jouvenal and Peter Darrell, based on the book by Colette
Designer: Philip Prowse
Lighting Ian Irving

Haydn Pieces
Choreographer: Mark Baldwin
Composer: Joseph Haydn]

Shotlist: Cheri
Performance: 02.54-1.07.12
Curtain call: 1.07.22-1.08.35

Haydn Pieces
Performance: 1.09.03-1.33.56
Curtain call: 1.34.06-1.35.06

Cheri:
Based closely on the famous novel by Colette, Cheri traces the story of a passionate and ultimately tragic love affair between Lea and her young lover Cheri.
At the age of 49, Lea de Lonval is nearing the end of a successful career as a richly kept courtesan. Young and old alike envy her the possession of Cheri. When Lea discovers from Cheri’s mother, Madame Peloux, that he is to marry Edmee the daughter of Marie-Louise, she chides him for not being man enough to tell her himself but gives him some wedding presents. After the marriage, which has been attended by several old friends of Madame Peloux, Lea prepares to go away. On her return she is suddenly disturbed by Cheri who has fled from Edmee after a quarrel. The following morning in the revealing light of day, Cheri is embarrassed and pretends to be asleep while Lea prepares herself at the mirror. Lea realises that Cheri’s visit is only due to an acute attack of nostalgia and indicates that he should leave. Left alone, Lea goes to her mirror and cruelly examines her face marked by age, and her neck that for an instant she conceals with her pearls. The action takes place between Lea’s boudoir and the Wintergarden at the home of Madame Peloux. [synopsis from Scottish Theatre Archive: STA SB 10/27a]

Haydn Pieces:
A piece for nine dancers choreographed by Mike Baldwin who was resident choreographer at Scottish Ballet.