The Green Table
Danse Macabre in Eight Scenes
(Created between two wars as a memorial for the Unknown)
Book and Choreography - Kurt Jooss
The Green Table is a pacifist work depicting the inhumanities and corruption of war. It was created in 1932 for the International Competition of Choreography in Paris, where it won first prize.
2007 marked the fortieth anniversary of The Joffrey's first presentation of The Green Table. In 1967 The Joffrey Ballet became the first American company to present this anti-war masterpiece, and it quickly became a signature work for the company, helping to build The Joffrey's profile as a ballet company of social relevance and one that speaks to the sign of the times as well as a repository for the great masterpieces of early 20th-century dance.
The Joffrey Ballet production of The Green Table was first telecast on the PBS series, Dance in America, in 1982, directed by Emile Addino. In 2000 it was telecast again on WTTW Chicago in a one-hour special: Dancing with Death: The Green Table, directed by Thomas Grimm.
Music - F.A. Cohen
Masks & Lighting Design - Hermann Markard (re-created by Kevin Dreyer)
Costume Design - Hein Heckroth
JOFFREY PREMIERE: 1967
WORLD PREMIERE: July 3, 1932, Ballet Jooss, International Choreographic Competition, organized by Les Archives Internationales de la Danse, at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris
Performed in: 2007 (Destiny's Dances), 2007 Touring (The Performing Arts Center - Purchase College, Umass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, Orpheum Theater - Omaha, Music Hall - Kansas City, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Benedum Center)