Fernando Viscasillas recreates Parade Ballet
The painter inspires his last work in Parade Ballet. Composed between 1916 and 1917 by Sergei Diaghilev, is one of the most important works of its kind, among other things, because he managed to gather around him a whole generation of geniuses: Erik Satie, who composed the music , to Jean Cocteau, who was in charge of the script, going through Picasso, who designed figurines and curtains.
“Actually, this project was launched many years ago, when I was studying Fine Arts, but it was not until now that I returned to it”, explains the author. Among the reasons: this year marks the centenary of its premiere in Paris, at the Théâtre du Châtelet.
The fascination that Viscasillas has for Diaghilev’s ballet was what led him to dedicate this series of works to him. “Parade supposes a new point of view, a new concept, that entails a total rupture with the idea that had until the moment on the ballet”, explains. “Modernity is incorporated into dance with it”
The first part of the project is a series of paintings on 2-meter papper. “The second part of the work, to be done, will be a large four-meter canvas “, he adds. “My project starts with a portrait of the ballet characters, following a kind of script that will lead us to a great final battle between the managers by the spectators. With that fight between them, in the style of the pompier and battle paintings of San Romano, by Paolo Ucello, I will close the project “.