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Time transfigured: Erik Satie's Parade

The entire ballet was staged in front of a giant red curtain which represented the circus tent within which the real show was supposedly taking place. Referring to Parade Cocteau noted: "The elements of tromp-l'oeil and tromp-l 'oreille in Parade crea te reality - which alone has the power to move us, well disguised though it may be ."4 Cocteau also coined the phrase "ballet realiste" in describing this work. Cillmor perceptively notes that it is "a realistic ballet in the sense that it totally rejects not only the lavish sets but also the myth, legend and fairy tale, as well as traditional narrative perspective that has been the staple of the genre from Giselle to Swan Lake and even, to a great extent, The Rite of Spring ."4