The Green Table: Choreography by Kurt Jooss 1933
The Joffrey Ballet
Artistic Director: Robert Joffrey
The Green Table
Choreography: Kurt Jooss
Music: F.A. Cohen
Costumes: Hein Heckroth
Masks: Hermann Markard
Death: Philip Jerry
The Standard Bearer: James Canfield
The Old Soldier: Jerel Hilding
The Young Soldier: Mark Goldweber
The Mother: Valmai Roberts
The Woman: Beatriz Rodriguez
The Young Girl: Carole Valleskey
The Profiteer: Gary Chryst
The Green Table was created in between the two World Wars.
The Green Table is the masterpiece of German choreographer Kurt Jooss, and his most popular work, depicting the futility of peace negotiations of the 1930s. It was the first play to be fully notated using kinetography Laban (Labanotation). It is in the repertoire of ballet companies worldwide, where it has been staged by Jooss himself.
Since his death in 1979, his daughter Anna Markard has been responsible for stagings of the work.
The Green Table was created in 1932 for the “Concours international de chorégraphie” in Paris, in which Jooss had been invited to participate. The originality of the piece won him the first prize and marked an important step in his career.
Choreographed in 1932, between two great conflicts, The Green Table is a sort of generic war, a set of circumstances that produce the same result no matter where or when they are played out. So Death bears the combined iconographic attributes.