Rameau: Les Indes Gallantes, Les Sauvages

Rameau: Les Indes Gallantes, Les Sauvages

(The Gallant Indians, the Savages)

This is surely the strangest bit of Ballet/Opera I have ever seen. It starts with a bunch of Pokemons dancing to Rameau’s music. Then some Indians come in and do the Chicken Dance. Then the Indian Prince and Princess start walking like Egyptians.

I’m guessing that Rameau composed this based on reports and stories about the Indians in the New World, without a clue what Indian dances actually looked like, with oh so bizzarre results!



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