Choreography and Book by Kurt Jooss
Music by F. A. Cohen
Costumes by Hein Heckroth
Masks by Hermann Markard
Staged by Anna Markard
Repetiteur: Jeanette Vondersaar
Lighting after the Jooss/Markard Design by Kevin Dreyer
Inspired by a medieval Dance of Death and the aftermath of World War I, The Green Table won first prize in a competition organized by Rolf de Mare, founder-director of Les Archives Internationales de la Danse, Paris, and has since been given in all parts of the world. It depicts the various facets of a war, beginning with a conference at a long table covered with regulation green cloth (hence the title) and going through mobilization, combat, war profiteering, refugees, and again the conference; and all the time Death is present.
The Green Table was given its World Premiere by Jooss Ballet at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris on July 3, 1932 with the choreographer in the role of Death. The Green Table is Kurt Jooss’ greatest work and is considered to be one of the outstanding classics of the 20th century.