Now the audience applauded, and Auguste Rodin in the audience stood up to cheer. In the original scenography designed by Léon Bakst, the dancers were presented as part of a large tableau, a staging reminiscent of an ancient Greek vase painting.
They often moved across the stage in profile as if on a bas relief.
In his portrayal of the faun, Nijinsky managed to reproduce exactly the figure of a satyr shown on Greek vases in the Louvre. Jean Cocteau helped to explain the Mallarmé poem (Nijinsky spoke little French) and with developing a scenario for the ballet.
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His beauty is that of antique frescoes and sculptures: he is the ideal model, whom one longs to draw and sculpt.” Auguste Rodin Programme illustration by Léon Bakst for the ballet The ballet )was choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky for the Ballets Russes and first performed in the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris on .
On the opening night the ballet was met with a mixture of applause and booing, and again it was repeated. The painter Odilon Redon, friend of Mallarmé, suggested how much the poet would have approved, “more than anyone, he would have appreciated this wonderful evocation of his thoughts.” The costumes and sets were designed by the painter Léon Bakst. The style of the ballet, in which a young faun meets several nymphs, flirts with them and chases them, was deliberately archaic.
The ballet was presented in bare feet and rejected classical formalism.
The work had an overtly erotic subtext beneath its façade of Greek antiquity, ending with a scene of graphic sexual desire.Death alone, through the long process of disintegration can melt the detached life back through the dark Hades at the roots of the tree into the circulating sap, once more, of the tree of life. “Nijinsky has never been so remarkable as in his latest role.In 2014, Witherspoon produced the thriller Gone Girl and received critical acclaim for portraying Cheryl Strayed in Wild, for which she earned her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and a fourth Golden Globe nomination.In 2017, she co-produced and starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and Outstanding Limited Series, winning the latter as a producer.The following year, she starred in the romantic comedy Sweet Home Alabama, which emerged as her biggest live-action commercial success.