Satie's Ballet, "Parade", is subject of last spring 2009 Adams State faculty lecture


Dr. Tracy Doyle's, assistant professor of music, "When High Art Meets Popular Entertainment: Erik Satie's Ballet 'Parade'" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130, is the final faculty lecture for the spring 2009.

"Tact in audacity consists in knowing how far we may go too far," stated Jean Cocteau in his 1918 manifesto, "The Cock and Harlequin". Cocteau, in collaboration with Erik Satie and Pablo Picasso, discovered "how far" to "go too far" in the circus-like ballet "Parade"--one of the most revolutionary works of the early twentieth century. "Parade" incorporates elements of popular entertainment and uses extra-musical sounds, such as the typewriter, lottery wheel, and pistol, combining them with the art of ballet. Erik Satie, considered by many to be unconventional in his time, paved the way for music in the twentieth century, heralding everything from minimalism to Muzak.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, assistant professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by

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