Germaine Tailleferre and Hélène Perdriat's "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" (1923)

French feminist ballet?

Laura Hamer
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In 1923 Germaine Tailleferre, the only female member of the group of French composers known as Les Six, completed "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" for the Ballet Sudois, with a scenario, costumes and set designs by the woman artist and poetess Hélène Perdriat. Interestingly, a number of the contemporary critics interpreted the work (mainly the product of two women) as a feminist manifestation. This article examines the justification for labelling "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" a feminist work, and posits the theory that it may be more apt, especially within the context of the development of inter-war musical modernism, to understand it as a neoclassical ballet.

Journal Studies in Musical Theatre
Year 2010
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 113-120

Hamer, Laura (2010) Germaine Tailleferre and Hélène Perdriat's "Le Marchand d'oiseaux" (1923): French feminist ballet?. In: Studies in Musical Theatre, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 113-120. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/214659/.

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