Friday, September 28, 2018


Sergei Diaghilev was a Russian ballet impresario who founded Ballets 
Russes, one of the 20th century's great dance companies. At one point in his career he met French playwright Jean Cocteau. Diaghilev dared Cocteau to write a piece for a future Ballets Russes production. "Astonish me!" he said. 

It took seven years, but Cocteau met the challenge. He created Parade, a ballet that also featured music by Eric Satie and sets by Pablo Picasso. 

Now let's imagine I'm Diaghilev and you're Cocteau. I've just told you, "Astonish me!" How will you respond? What surprising beauty will you come up with? What marvels will you unleash?