Pulcinella


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Pulcinella

 

a stock type in the Italian commedia dell’arte that first appeared in southern Italy (Naples) in the 1590’s. A witty and lively character, Pulcinella was often the generator of satire in a play. His traditional appearance is that of a hunchback with a large hooked nose who wears a high pointed hat.

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Harlequin and Pulcinella were reciting on the stage and, as usual, they were threatening each other with sticks and blows.
He called Harlequin and Pulcinella and said to them:
Having kicked off its ambitious survey of the complete Stravinsky ballets last year with Millicent Hodson's controversial but jaw-dropping reconstruction of the original choreography of the Rite, Birmingham Royal Ballet picks up the series next week with a completely new version of Pulcinella commissioned from Danish choreographer and artistic director of Arc Dance Company, Kim Brandstrup.
The former Catatonia star appeared at a special Italian festival day held at the Trattoria Pulcinella Restaurant in Park Lane, Cardiff, yesterday to raise money for research into the rare blood disorder Protein-S Deficiency.
In Il Segreto di Pulcinella (Switzerland), director Carlo Ippolito and choreographer Bruno Steiner use five dancers, Stravinsky's music, and the full range of video techniques to create a visual delight.
But it is still the Diaghilev scores of his early years - The Firebird, Petrushka, The Rite of Spring and Pulcinella - which endear him most to general music-lovers
The event is being organised by the Trattoria Pulcinella restaurant and is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for a cause very close to Cerys' heart.
* Harlequin, Columbine, Pulcinella, and other members of the commedia dell'arte stock company have inspired artists over the centuries.
'Next year we're doing a new Pulcinella with Agon, and the year after that an all-Balanchine, all-Stravinsky programme.
Cerys' favourite restaurant in Cardiff, Trattoria Pulcinella, in Park Lane in the city centre, is holding an Italian festival day aiming to raise pounds 5,000 towards PSD research.
Other collaborations with Balanchine include the twenty-eight-foot giant marionette for Don Quixote (1965): the masks for Pulcinella (1972, choreographed with Robbins); Karin yon Aroldingen's Firebird wings (1972); the giant angel wings for Adagio Lamentoso, the final movement of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony that concluded City Ballet's Tschaikovsky Festival, in 1981: and Persephone for the second Stravinsky Festival, in 1982.
In Stravinsky's delicious Pulcinella Suite he dovetailed the movements adroitly, alert to all the melting neo-classicism of this delightful score.