Great Ballerinas #2
Posted 02 December 1998 - 10:19 PM
To review the bidding, the following ballerinas have been nominated. (These are not just good dancers, are promising dancers, but dancers who are worthy of sitting at the head table in the Great Ballet Hall of Fame.)
Altynai Asylmuratova, Elisabeth Platel, Sylvie Guillem, Isabelle Guerin, Kyra Nichols, Nina Ananiashvili, Evelyn Hart, Darcey Bussell, Viviane Durante, and Anna Polikarpova. Monique Loudieres was nominated as well, but I believe she is retired, and so does not meet the criterion of actively performing; if she's still dancing -- Estelle, Margot? -- then she's in.
This is not a bad list. Maybe things are better than we sometimes think. It's just that these women are spread out among several different companies (all to the good, I'd say) and we don't get to see them all day, all the time, two blocks from where we live. But not a bad list.
Please continue nominating, congratulating, or quibbling over these ballerinas, or others.
Posted 03 December 1998 - 02:32 AM
Please Estelle, help me keep Monique Loudières on this list! Can you tell us that she is still dancing?
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Posted 03 December 1998 - 01:10 PM
yes, Monique Loudieres actually premiered Neumeier's "Sylvia" in july 1997. She also
was listed in the POB schedules last season
(for MacMillan's "Manon" in june), but I don't know if she actually danced it (the casts announced by the POB are subject to change). In july, she was supposed to dance in a gala in Nimes (it was a charity gala
about AIDS, with also Legris, Martinez, Letestu, A. Dupont...), but finally cancelled
because she was injured. I haven't heard about her since then.
Since some POB dancers often dance in Japan,
I'll ask a Japanese friend of mine about it.
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Posted 04 December 1998 - 12:53 AM
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Posted 04 December 1998 - 01:17 AM
Well, there is also a tape of Guérin in "Notre-Dame de Paris", with Nicolas Le Riche as Quasimodo, Laurent Hilaire as Frollo and Manuel Legris as Phoebus. Her Esméralda was very passionate with Phoebus (who quite clearly returned it!), revolted by Frollo and quite tender with Quasimodo in that beautiful pas de deux with that magic moment where he gently rocks her to sleep. I think it was filmed on the night I was in the theater (October 1996) because there were cameras and I was wondering if it going to show on european television and then I would miss it... sniff (Hi Gianinna!... ). That pas de deux is most special to me because I saw... Monique Loudières teach it (with Cyrill Atanassoff as her partner) to a couple of young dancers of POB in a two hours session. I planned my whole trip around that rehearsal and it was worth it.
However I had problems getting that tape transfered into north american VHS and for those of you interested on that matter I shall post about it under the Videos thread.
Posted 04 December 1998 - 10:04 AM
on the French TV, but unfortunately I couldn't see it nor record it, and haven't bought the tape yet. It also is an oportunity to see Legris, Hilaire and Le Riche.
Guerin also was filmed in "L'Arlesienne" with Legris (it was shown on TV but I missed it, and as far as I know there's no commercially available tape).
It's a pity the POB doesn't make more tapes...
By the way, the fans of Loudieres might be interested in knowing that she appears in the "Paris Dances Diaghilev" tape, as the Doll in Fokine's "Petrushka" (with T.Mongne as Petrushka and Jean Guizerix as the Moor);
in the same tape Elisabeth Platel dances the
bride of "Les Noces" (with also Belarbi
as the bridegroom and Lormeau and Legree).
And Guerin and Loudieres dance the roles of the nasty sisters in the video of Nureyev's "Cinderella" (with Jude and Guillem in the main roles).
Posted 05 December 1998 - 12:30 AM
If we are going to talk videos (and I am about to...) why don't we go on the Videos forum.
I'll be waiting for you under "Favorite Videos"
Posted 05 December 1998 - 01:35 PM
I have the Paris Opera Ballet program in front of me and... Monique Loudières is scheduled to dance Don Quichotte with Manuel Legris at the Palais Garnier on saturday december 26th and.. on thursday december 31st for the Gala Evening with supper and Ball afterwards. Who's coming with me?... (I wish...)
But this definitely keeps her in our Great Ballerinas category.
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Posted 05 December 1998 - 01:53 PM
Posted 06 December 1998 - 02:16 AM
I know the postcard you're talking about, because I have exactly the same, ... only mine was sent to me by Monique Loudières...and she autographed it...
This is a beautiful story but it's quite long and I have to get up early tomorrow morning so I shall tell you all about it some other day.
I think to tell that story I will have to start a new thread and I would call it "Fairy Tales"...
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Posted 07 December 1998 - 09:23 AM
Actually I didn't have that POB program: for some unknown reason,
I didn't receive the november/december programs by
mail, and couldn't get it at the Opera Garnier.
(Actually the Paris Opera is very bad at informing its fans,
one almost has to kneel and shout and cry and beg and threaten to
climb on the Apollo statue at the top of the Opera and to throw oneself in the air
to get their monthly and yearly flyers...)
Is Kitri considered as technically difficult? Pity she didn't also come back for Ek's "Giselle"!
I'd like to go to the special gala on Dec 31st, but I'm afraid I'll have to make a hold-up in a bank before to pay the tickets... ;-)
Posted 07 December 1998 - 09:45 AM
I have never seen Mats Ek's Giselle and I am curious about it though I love so much the "real" Giselle, I'm not sure I would like it so much. All I know is that it is contemporary and takes place in an asylum. Can you tell me more?
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Posted 08 December 1998 - 07:29 AM
I posted a "review" in alt.arts.ballet about Mats Ek's "Giselle" (which I saw in october with Pietragalla, Martinez
and Le Riche), perhaps you could find it with Dejanews.
In the documentary about her which was done recently, Monique Loudieres said that it was one of the most difficult roles she ever danced. Coming
from someone who danced so many "Bayadere", "Swan Lake", and so on, it means it really isn't easy...
It uses the same music as the "classical" version, but the plot is a bit different: here Giselle is a somewhat mentally retarded girl who lives
in a small village (the costumes look like Scandinavia at the beginning of this century), and Albrecht is a kind of fancy "dandy" with a large white jacket. The second act takes place in an asylum: the Wilis are the crazy girls of the hospital, and Myrtha is their nurse (danced by the same
dancer as Bathilde in the first act). It's not a parody of the classical version (which wouldn't be very interesting), it's a very different ballet (and I find it very moving).
There's a video of it, filmed in the late 80s with the Ballet Cullberg (with Ana Laguna as Giselle and Yvan Auzely as Hilarion); but I don't know if it
exists as a NTSC video. A last comment: Yvette Chauvire, the epitome of the French Giselle, said she liked this version a lot!
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