Mannequin and her Beau

Composer: Eugene Goossens
Costume designer: Sophie Fedorovitch, Harold Turner
World premiere: 9 Mar 1928, Pupils of Madame Marie Rambert, The Arts Theatre Club, London
Work note: This ballet consisted of the 'Mannequin Dance' (female solo from Ashton's 'A Tragedy of Fashion') and two dances created by Marie Rambert: a solo for the male dancer and a pas de deux. The March 1928 programmes list the Mannequin Dance separately from the pas de deux (no male solo given). The earliest programme for three-part work is 'An Evening of Dancing by Diana Gould assisted by Harold Turner' at the Maddermarket Theatre, 8 October 1928.
Production note: Fedorovitch designed the mannequin costume for 'A Tragedy of Fashion'. Turner is credited with the male costume design in an article in 'The Dancing Times', July 1930, p341.
Scene/role note: Three parts: She, He, Pas de Deux
Music title: Kaleidoscope for Piano, Opus 18 (1917)
Music details: Live music: piano
Music note: It is not known which sections of 'Kaleidoscope for Piano' were used.
Source: Programmes for 9 March 1928, 8 October 1928, and 21 December 1928 and Dancing Times article for April 1928 in the Rambert Archive; Vaughan, D. 'Frederick Ashton and His Ballets' (Alfred A. Knopf, 1977)
Archive catalogue: WORK/0011A

Performances

Date ↿⇂ Programme ↿⇂ Venue ↿⇂
9 Mar 1928
Matinee
Russian Dance* | Flight of Swans | The Warrior* | Chinese Dance | The Top* | Followers of Night | Cygnets* | Menuet* | Mannequin | Pas de Deux* | Mazurka* | Doll* | Nymphs and Shepherds | A la ''Biches''* | Mazurka Finale* The Arts Theatre Club, London
9 Mar 1928
Evening
Russian Dance* | Flight of Swans | The Warrior* | Chinese Dance | The Top* | Followers of Night | Cygnets* | Menuet* | Mannequin | Pas de Deux* | Mazurka* | Doll* | Nymphs and Shepherds | A la ''Biches''* | Mazurka Finale* The Arts Theatre Club, London
10 Mar 1928
Time unknown
Russian Dance | Flight of Swans | The Warrior | Followers of Night | Mannequin | Mannequin and Her Beau | Nymphs and Shepherds Mercury Theatre, London
8 Oct 1928
Evening
Prelude: Movements from French Suite No. 5 (Bach) | Queen Swan | The Warrior | Chinese Porcelain | Lusinghe piu care (Handel) | I attempt from Love's sickness to fly (Purcell) | Fairest Isle (Purcell) | Nymph and Shepherd | Serenade (Brahms) | Russian Court Dance* | Rus Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich
21 Dec 1928
Evening
Danse Chinoise | Columbine | Variation | Variation | Cygnets | Colibri | Fée Dragée | Blue Bird | Variation | Red Riding Hood | La Pomme d'Or (The Temptation) | Nymphs and Shepherds (Suite de Danses) | Mannequin and her Beau | Rigaudon* | Polka* | The Russian Peasant* | Warrior Century Theatre, London
16 Feb 1931
Evening
Dances from Carnaval | Le Cricket | La Péri* | Russian Peasant Dance | The Mannequin and her Beau | Saudade do Brésil | A Florentine Picture | Le Boxing* | Aurora's Wedding Mercury Theatre, London
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