Les Forains

Ballet first broadcast on television on December 24, 1961. 

Choreographer: Roland Petit 
Writer: Boris Kochno
Costumes: Yves Saint Laurent
Set Design: Jean-Baptiste Hugues
Music: Henri Sauguet    
Cast: Danièle Jossi, Marie Christiane Jourde, Jocelyn Loiseau, Luis Bernardo, Claude Jourdan, Zizi Jeanmaire, Roland Petit, Georges Reich 

The timeless theme of traveling entertainers has always fascinated artists, from Baudelaire to Picasso, Diaghilev, and Satie. Roland Petit explored this subject in a successful ballet featuring a young female acrobat, a clown, Siamese twins, a magician, and a sleeping beauty who leave town after the show. The ballet’s naive style fit with the humble attire worn by this marginal group.