Following the success of Massine's choreography in "Les femmes de bonne
humeur", Diaghilev wanted to present a work based on the music of
Pergolesi. He collected the composer's unfinished manuscripts and was able
to persuade Igor Stravinsky to compose the music for a new ballet. Picasso
was engaged to design the sets and the costumes, while Massine was
responsible for the choreography. The effort was worthwhile. "Pulcinella"
is one of those rare ballets in which the individual elements - plot,
music, choreography, set design and costumes - form a harmonious and
homogeneous whole. Heinz Spoerli presents his Pulcinella using the
language of modern ballet. One of the most important choreographers of our
time, Spoerli was born in Basel, Switzerland, in 1941 and became director
of the Basler Ballet in 1973. Under his direction, the Basler Ballet has
become a highly esteemed international ensemble.