Mlle. Louise Pierson, rôle de Cora dans Jocko
NamesLith. de Feillet (Lithographer)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1825
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Vic Pie 1
TopicsPierson, LouiseJocko, the Brazilian ape (Choreographic work)
NotesStatement of responsibility: Victor.Content: Signed on stone.Content: The artist's full name has not been identified.Statement of responsibility: Lith. de Feillet.Content: Caption title.Content: Caption: Cachons nous-- sur ce tamarinier-- il ne me verra pas, et je continuerai ma chasse quand il sera ventré.Funding: Purchased with funds from the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division.Acquisition: Purchase; C. Mas, Paris, 1992.Biographical/historical: Jocko, ou le singe de Brésil was a drama, or rather a "grand spectacle" mixed with music, dance, and pantomime, first performed at the Théâtre du Porte-Saint-Martin in Paris on March 16, 1825. Based on Charles de Pougens's novel Jocko (1824), it was written by Jules Joseph Gabriel du Lurieu (credited simply as M. Gabriel) and Claude Louis Marie de Rochefort-Luçay (credited as Edmond Rochefort). Its choreography was by Frédéric-August Blache, with music by Alexandre Piccinni and decor by Pierre-Charles-Luc Cicéri. The title role was played by Charles-François Mazurier, and Louise Pierson played the role of Cora, a young Brazilian slave belonging to the Portuguese trader Fernandez. In this production, Jocko was a capuchin monkey who rescues Fernandez's young son from a shipwreck. The theme of the heroic primate (which has been seen as a precursor of Edgar Rice Burroughs' tales of Tarzan and the apes) was much imitated, with versions by Jules Perrot (Sapajou, 1825), Filippo Taglioni (Danina, 1826), Jean Petipa (Jocko, 1826), and others. The character of Jocko became an ape rather than a monkey; while both are primates, monkeys are quadrupeds with tails, which are absent in apes, and cannot swing from trees as apes do.
Physical DescriptionLithographsExtent: 1 print : lithograph, black and white ; 28 x 23 cm., on mount 33 x 24 cm.
DescriptionPortrayal of the French ballerina Louise Pierson in costume for the theatre work Jocko, ou le singe de Brésil (Jocko, or the monkey of Brazil). She wears a European version of Native American dress, trimmed with what appears to be fur and/or feathers. She carries a bow, with a quiver of arrows at her back, and a woven pouch is slung from her shoulder. Standing in a landscape with a banyan tree in the background, she addresses an unseen companion as she points towards the right of the picture.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825066720NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758158Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 582e5030-0105-0135-83b8-578c5c32de4e
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