LIBRETTO - JEAN DE BRUNHOFF

COMPOSER - FRANCIS POULENC

DIRECTOR - CREATOR - WRITER - GRETHE BARRETT HOLBY

CHOREOGRAPHY - JANE COMFORT

LENGTH - 90 MINUTES

PROFFESIONAL CAST - 

MUSIC - PIANO

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS - 

DEVELOPMENT  & WORKSHOP PERIOD -  2013 - 2014 

WORLD PREMIERE & TOURING - 2014

Ages 6 & up
In English & French

Co-presented with French Institute

PROJECT SUMMARY

The timeless tale of Babar comes to life through a whimsical performance incorporating French songs, music, and imaginative story-telling! 

In 1940, a little girl plopped her favorite book in front of the brilliant French composer Francis Poulenc and commanded “Play this!” Five years later, Poulenc published L’histoire de Babar: le petit elephant, a work for piano and narrator.

Inspired by this story, the musical performance that begins with “Uncle” Francis composing the score with his niece. As they begin, the niece turns into Babar’s cousin and future wife, Celeste, and so the beloved tale of the little elephant Babar comes to life. A charming musical performance for all ages directed by Grethe Barrett Holby and choreographed by award-winning dancer Jane Comfort!

CREATIVE TEAM

GRETHE BARRETT HOLBY is credited with “propelling opera into the 21st century,” (NPR) Holby has directed, choreographed, performed, and collaborated on world premieres with Leonard Bernstein, Lou Reed, Kitty Brazelton, Eve Beglarian, and Philip Glass, at venues as divergent as La Scala, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Festival, and The Kitchen. Founder of American Opera Projects, & Ardea Arts/Family Opera Initiative, she has directed productions for opera companies across the USA.

JANE COMFORT is a choreographer, writer, and director known for issue-oriented works integrating text and movement. Since 1978 she has created over 50 dance/theater works, most of them evening-length, that have been presented throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Latin America. Recent works include Beauty, a dance theater work about the cultural pressures surrounding women’s physique, attire, and appearance; An American Rendition, commissioned by NPN and NYSCA and voted a Best of 2008 Performance by both WNET Sunday Arts and Gay City News; Fleeting Thoughts, commissioned and produced by Danspace Project, with live music by Joan La Barbara, as well as commissioned new works for Ballet Memphis, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, Headwaters Dance, Rhode Island College and G2 Dance in Brazil.