- A highly successful revue produced by the Russian theater directorNikita Balieff; it was first performed in 1908 at the Chauve-SourisClub in Paris. The revue was brought to London in 1921 by CharlesB. Cochran and opened in New York the following year. Chauve-Sourisconsisted of burlesques, songs, and pantomime; many of the sketcheswere mimes based on popular ballads, prints, and engravings. The productionwas richly designed and costumed in the style of a Russian ballet.The title (literally 'bald mouse') is a French word for a bat.