Artist Jacopo Miliani presents a new performance for DRAF Studio. The commission is inspired by Jeux, a 1913 poème-dansé (‘danced poem’) created in collaboration between Claude Debussy, Sergei Diaghilev and Vaslav Nijinsky, which features a young trio frolicking during an evening game of tennis. Miliani’s performance re-imagines these flirtatious ‘games’ through a mixture of gestures and attitudes created in collaboration with divaD Magnifique, Prince Maya Magnifique, Benjamin Milan and Eve Stainton.
The scene is a garden at dusk; a tennis ball has been lost; a boy and two girls are searching for it. The artificial light of the large electric lamps shedding fantastic rays about them suggests the idea of childish games: they play hide and seek, they try to catch one another, they quarrel, they sulk without cause. The night is warm, the sky is bathed in pale light; they embrace. But the spell is broken by another tennis ball thrown in mischievously by an unknown hand. Surprised and alarmed, the boy and girls disappear into the nocturnal depths of the garden. (Programme notes from the premiere of Jeux, 15 May 1913, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris)
Following the performance, DRAF invites you to join the artists and collaborators to celebrate the end of the year with drinks and dancing.
DRAF Studio is supported by Arts Council England and DRAF Galleries Circle.