Bacchanale

Saw clips from this on a doco about Ballet Russes today, and was intrigued:

‘”The season’s scandal was Bacchanale… Purporting to show the delirious visions of
Ludwig II of Bavaria, it mixed mythological figures with such personages as
Lola Montez and Sacher-Masoch… Dali’s decor was dominated by a huge swan with
a hole in its breast through which dancers emerges, some in remarkable
costumes. There was a woman with a rose-colored fish-head. Lola Montez wore
harem trousers and a hoop skirt decorated with false teeth. The Knight of Death turned out to be an immense perambulating umbrella. Later, when
Ludwig died, a whole set of umbrellas opened on stage. Prudish audiences
blushed to behold the male ensemble with large red lobsters (as sex symbols) on
the…ir thighs, and Nini Theilade, portraying Venus, created a sensation
because she seemed totally nude. In actuality, she wore flesh-colored tights
from her neck to her toes…” — Jack Anderson, The One and Only: The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo

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