A bustling, colorful fair: Showmen present their attractions, a colorful crowd of people amuses itself with the help of a swing carousel, fire breathers, dog shows, a ghost train, and other sideshows. And a rather creepy juggler shows off his three puppets, which he brings to life through his magic: the vulnerable acrobat Ptitshka [ПТИЧКА], the crude but kind muscleman Patap [ПАТАП], and the clumsy clown Petrushka [ПЕТРУШКА]. Ceaselessly paraded and tortured by their master, all three of them long for freedom, but only Petrushka finally succeeds in escaping. Intoxicated by this new joie de vivre, he, bursting with curiosity, throws himself into the hubbub of the fair. But his freedom doesn’t last long. Once again imprisoned by the puppet master, Petrushka sees only one way out: escaping into death. And as a ghost he finally triumphs over his torturer.
L’Enfant et les Sortilèges
Owing to its naughty, lazy, and defiant nature, a child receives a proper scolding from its mother. As a punishment it is confined to its room and given tea without sugar and dry bread. Deprived of its freedom and in a fit of rage, it destroys the furniture and tortures its cat. »I’m evil and free!« it shouts triumphantly. But the triumph doesn’t last long. As in a bad nightmare, the damaged objects – such as clock, teapot or wallpaper – come alive and hound their torturer. Even nature and its inhabitants – trees, frogs, bats, and other animals – badger the child, which begins to learn what repercussions one’s own actions have. When it finally shows empathy for an injured squirrel, the spell breaks as suddenly as it began. But the child has changed ...