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Read about the evolution of this ballet
Find out more about the Producer of the ballet
Read how Paquita allows the girls to shine after the male-dominated Edward II
Nine Sinatra Songs
How Sinatra inspired the dance
What built the choreographer's reputation?
Read what the critics have said about previous BRB performances of the ballet
Daphnis and Chloë
Find out about the original creative team behind the ballet
Find out about the characters in the ballet
Charmed Life: John Craxton RA
Find out about the artist responsible for the ballet's designs
Daphnis | ChloŽ | Dorkon | Lykanion | Bryaxis | Pan
Dorkon, a local cowherd, is a rival for ChloŽ's affections. In the original Greek stories, he is a far more aggressive character than in the ballet, but makes amends during a pirate attack by sacrificing himself while unsuccessfully trying to defend ChloŽ. She is kidnapped, however, and carried off by the pirates, along with Dorcon's cows. With his dying breath, Dorkon reveals a set of pipes which can be used to command his stolen cattle. Upon a note on the pipes, the cattle all suddenly move to one side of the pirate's boat, capsizing it. The heavily armoured villains all drown, leaving their captive and the cows to swim to safety.
In the ballet, however, these elements of the story would have proven somewhat difficult to stage(!), and so Dorkon's role is reduced somewhat. He is still a rival for ChloŽ's affections, however, and he and Daphnis compete for her love in a dancing competition.
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