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Strictly Dancing



Paquita



Introductory notes
Read about the evolution of this ballet
Galina Samsova
Find out more about the Producer of the ballet
Female roles
Read how Paquita allows the girls to shine after the male-dominated Edward II

Nine Sinatra Songs



Introductory notes
How Sinatra inspired the dance
Twyla Tharp
What built the choreographer's reputation?
Reviews
Read what the critics have said about previous BRB performances of the ballet

Daphnis and Chloë



Introductory notes
Find out about the original creative team behind the ballet
Character overviews
Find out about the characters in the ballet
Charmed Life: John Craxton RA
Find out about the artist responsible for the ballet's designs

Dorkon



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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Dorkon

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.