After the spectacular
success of The Golden Cockerel in 1914, Serge Diaghilev sought
a more permanent working relationship with Natalia Goncharova and her
partner Michel Larionov. At his invitation, they left Russia in 1915
never to return. Larionov immediately began to design the costumes and
sets for The Buffoon, Diaghilev having already commissioned the
music from Serge Prokofiev. However the production did not premiere
The story is about a practical joker in a peasant village and the ridiculous and contradictory events that occur. The discordant and fractured set and costumes support a story line based on trickery and irony.