17 Dancers, Male Solo
“…A choreographically devastating ‘Commedia dell’Arte’.”
When Gerald Arpino’s The Clowns premiered in 1968, it was hailed as a masterpiece—a contemporary parable of human survival in the face of nuclear holocaust. “Shattering”, proclaimed the LA Times.
The ballet explores the comedies and tragedies of human existence and the ever-recurring cycles of destruction and rebirth. Technology is introduced in the form of sculptures and balloons. Plastic society is epitomized and the theme of man against his environment is prevalent. The theme of technology gone awry is also prevalent in Hershy Kay’s musical score, which combines orchestral music with electronic sound effects.
Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes
Scott Kepley after the original Thomas Skelton
Vernon Lobb and Kit Coburn
February 29, 1968
Number of Dancers:
17 (5 female, 12 male)