Relâche (ballet)  

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Relâche (1924) is the title of a ballet choreographed by Jean Börlin for the Ballets suédois with music by Erik Satie and settings by Francis Picabia, produced by Rolf de Maré for the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. René Clair's short film Entr'acte was screened as an entr'acte. It was a multimedia performance avant la lettre.

In the final performance Marcel Duchamp momentarily appeared in Ciné Sketch, a tableau vivant of him as a naked but bearded Adamand the model Bronia Perlmutter as Eve by his side.

A one-time flavour of surrealism was invented for the production, which was named "instantanéisme." The name of the ballet was a kind of practical joke: Relâche is French for "cancellation", "theater dark", or "no performance today" - which was bizarre for a production that was not cancelled.




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