Here Mallarme imagines that the conductor's baton not only orchestrates the spectacle transpiring on stage (directing the corps de ballet's ballabiles), but like a "fairy wand," transforms the consciousness of the inchoate crowd into a glimmering, "ordered" whole: "un savant ballabile.
In this case, the lighted crowd forms a pattern that mimics, not the luminous ballabiles of the dancers' bodies, but the complex gold shimmering of the music rising from the orchestra pit.
Asi, la pieza Ballabile
se estreno en la Royal Opera House de la capital britanica el 5 de mayo de 1950.
In fact, visiting the exhibition and noticing the many objects and even the ceiling decoration of the fashion salon, Balla remarked: "This is wonderfully ballabile
[danceable, but a play on his name]
All of the beauties of the 1992 production's first act, then staged by Henning Kronstam, are gone: its poetry and subtlety (the way the ballabile
bubbled around the act like the sea, cresting and subsiding), the musicality of the mime, the boiling energy, and taut, dramatic action have disappeared.