Ballet of the Game of Cards (Scene 6 of the oratorio 'Joan of Arc at the Stake')

Choreographer: David Ellis
Composer: Arthur Honegger
Set designer: Cesare Cristini
Costume designer: Adriana Muoyo
Lighting designer: Cesare Cristini
World premiere: 20 Oct 1954, Ballet Rambert, Stoll Theatre, London
Work note: Directed by Roberto Rossellini, this production of the oratorio-opera 'Joan of Arc at the Stake' starred Ingrid Bergman in the speaking role of Joan. The production included a ballet choreographed by David Ellis that depicted Joan's nightmare, in which diplomats play a political game of cards. As the oratorio ran just over an hour, Ballet Rambert opened the evening with 'Giselle' Act I. The season at the Stoll Theatre ran 20 October-13 November 1954.
Music title: Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (1938)
Music details: Live music: chorus and orchestra
Music note: Dennis Arundell did the English translation of Paul Claudel's original French text.
Source: Programme in the Rambert Archive
Archive catalogue: WORK/0161


Date Programme Venue
20 Oct 1954
Giselle Act I | Ballet of the Game of Cards (Scene 6 of the play ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake’)* Stoll Theatre, London
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