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POB's Gisellecasts


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#1 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 08:19 AM

The casts for the Paris Opera's "Giselle" in February have been announced on the site of the POB (click on ballets, then Giselle, distributions). Noteworthy is the presence of two eminent guests: Alina Cojocaru who will dance with Manuel Legris, and Svetlana Zakharova dancing with Laurent Hilaire.

#2 Mashinka

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 10:46 AM

I saw the POB's Giselle last summer and found it a wonderful production that emphasized the original romantic style. The cast I admired most was that of Elisabeth Maurin and Kader Balarbi and I'm a little saddened that their names don't appear on the casting list this time around.

In all fairness I have to say that I found Maurin less strong in technique in the second act than I would ideally like to see, but her interpretation of the role as a whole was quite outstanding as she has that rare ability to touch the hearts of her audience. Balarbi was also memorable with his sympathetic understanding of Albrecht. I hope this isn't a case of the POB taking an ageist view of this couple.

#3 Estelle

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Posted 15 January 2004 - 04:54 PM

Mashinka, Maurin has been absent from the POB stage for a a few months now (I don't think she's danced since the beginning of the season?), and as far as I know there has been no official announcement about the reason for it (but in previous years I don't think there has been any "ageism" in the "Giselle" casts, for example several principals had their official farewell performance in that ballet). About Belarbi, I've no idea if his absence is his own choice of the direction's (but in the last seasons he seemed to be less and less interested in classical roles).

Here's a direct link to the casts:
http://www.opera-de-...588_distri.html

But of course, as usual they're likely to be modified several times before the performances...
Also I hope that they'll add the casts for Myrtha.

I regret that Clairemarie Osta won't dance it (as Maurin, she's been absent from the stage
for a while)... And also that Delphine Moussin won't, as her expressiveness and grace could be well-suited to the role (I think that she's likely to dance Myrtha, as she already danced it in previous seasons).

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 07:22 AM

You will find the complete cast here :) .

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Posted 21 January 2004 - 09:37 AM

We won't see Maurin for the next few month, and Belarbi got injured last month, during a performance of "Un Trait d'Union".

Edited by traviata, 21 January 2004 - 09:43 AM.


#6 Estelle

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 02:07 AM

The full casts are available (and hopefully, updated regularly) on the POB web site now:

http://www.opera-de-...588_distri.html

There already have been some changes: Jean-Guillaume Bart, who was supposed to dance the premiere, seems to be out :blink: He'll be replaced by Nicolas Le Riche). Also Marie-Agnès Gillot will be cast only at the end of the series.

#7 Françoise

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Posted 22 January 2004 - 04:01 AM

Kader Belarbi is not injuried he danced Trait d'Union, it was his partner Jeremie Belingard who was injuried. Against he doesn't want dance all the classical parts now, because he has back problems :shrug: !

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Posted 01 February 2004 - 06:34 AM

Some more detailed casts (with also Myrtha, Hilarion and the peasant pas de deux) are available on the POB web site (link above).

Also there have been a few changes, for example Wilfried Romoli was supposed to dance Hilarion at the beginning of the series, but now he's listed only for some performances on Feb 25th, Mar 2nd and 4th, and he'll be replaced by Yann Bridard for the other performances he was listed in.

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Posted 01 February 2004 - 07:44 AM

Thank you, Estelle -- I hope you'll be going to some of these and telling us about them! :wacko:

#10 Françoise

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 07:50 AM

Yesterday will have the first performance of Giselle with the debuts in Paris of Aurelie Dupont in title part.

She is a wonderful Giselle, she is a charmant peasant, happy to be in love, and who wants only love and dance. She is technically amazing in first act with slowned tours, high balance arabesque, she is musical too.

Her madness is a modern madness far from cry and shout, not eye wide open, she doesn't know where she is but she remains all the attitude of Loys with her, she is afraid by her heart, but she doesn't want to become a wili as her mother told her. She is a modern and very classical Giselle. At the second act, she is the Spirit that Giselle must be, she is so light, and all her technic is absolutely wonderful with arabesques at the breach of balance, movement of torso, of arms, of feets, she is an uncredible Giselle for her first performance and will be one of the greatest ! She is a spirit desesperatly in love. Run to see her.

Besides of her, Nicolas Le Riche is a good Albrecht, but he lacks of something in first act, we don't really see him, it's sure that he is in love with Giselle. At the second act, he is good partner and superb technically dancer.

Karl Paquette is an usual Hilarion shared between love and hate, but we don't have any feeling for him.

Delphine Moussin is perfect as dancer, but she is not Myrtha, she is not too cold to be the rude Queen of Wilis, we feel in her a woman who suffer but not a woman who wants to revenge of all the men. She is light too, but she suffers by the presence on stage of Aurelie.

Corps is beautiful except in the cross over stage where we don't see one legs. In Peasants pdd, Mélanie Hurel and Benjamin Pech who will dance title roles next saturday are completely the character, she is a charming peasant girl, he danced very well.

But the attraction of the evening was really Aurélie Dupont, the most beautful Giselle I saw since long years !

#11 Naoko S

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 02:24 PM

Thanks Françoise for your thoughts! From what you wrote I gather you are the same person who leads the French forum on other website - it's very nice to have your contributions here in English! (Incidentally that forum is very informative, and I always enjoy struggling to comprehend what French readers have to say - despite a huge language barrier!)

I've read your accounts with enormous interests, particularly on Aurelie Dupont, after having found her utterly enchanting in Balanchine's pieces back in October and December. It seemed as if she had been reborn as a ballerina after the injury break..... If I get lucky I could catch a glimpse of her this weekend (unfortunately I've been unable to book a ticket so far) - please keep fingers crossed for me!

>>Delphine Moussin is perfect as dancer, but she is not Myrtha, she is not too cold to be the rude Queen of Wilis, we feel in her a woman who suffer but not a woman who wants to revenge of all the men.

Oh good - that's a kind of Myrtha I'd love to see. I'm really tired of seeing yet another blood-thirsty queen of zombies, rather than willis....

#12 Françoise

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 03:18 AM

Thanks Naoko :wub: !

By a very strange way, I want a modern and romantic Giselle but I'm waiting for a traditional Myrtha :rolleyes: !

Yesterday, it was the debuts at Opera de Paris of Alina Cojocaru in the title role. I must say, I was disappointed by her, she is too traditionnal for me. She is a shy peasant, all what must be Giselle, but I think I didn't love this kind of Giselle, I prefer a modern vision of the part especially in Act1. And I think she was bad partnered by Manuel Legris, not because he is bad in his dance. He is Albrecht in his pure style dance, in his interpretation, but he is too old for the young Alina, and the couple don't function :) ! I was surprised also that she makes too many little technical faults in her variation in act 1.

At the second act, she lacks of "body", she is just a spirit, for me Giselle is a spirit but a form of ghost and a ghost is a body without life, but a body. Alina is a spirit, she doesn't have this form of "body" :shrug: ! She is a pretty ballerina, I think she has stage fright because of parisian audience. I think I will find her very nice if I didn't see Aurélie Dupont the night before with her mixed way between modernity of her madness, and tradition and romantiscm in second act. I think I'm disappointed because I'm waiting too many of her interpretation due to all I read about her in all the forum and the reviews too :wacko: ! Manuel Legris was handsome, with the French style, and he makes a wonderful variation in second act and a wonderful succession of entrechats 6.

Naoko, you will love Eleonora too, she is herself a little more cold than Delphine but she is also a woman and not the queen of Wilis ! Against she lacks of something technically speaking. Yann Bridard is a modern Hilarion whose you can understand and love !

Corps was better than first night.

#13 Marc Haegeman

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 10:40 AM

What do you mean by "too traditional" for Giselle, Catherine? Could you possibly elaborate a bit on this?

#14 Françoise

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Posted 05 February 2004 - 03:06 AM

I think audience has changed since 19e century, I loved a part of modernity in the way of dance a role. I think Giselle can be more modern than before. It's difficult to explain in english what I feel because I lack of vocabulary. It's evident that Giselle is a ballet from 19e century, but interprets are modern and dance for modern audience :shrug: !

I think my conception of Giselle is a traditionnal view but with a modern part. For example, Aurélie Dupont is completely Giselle, she is absolutely romantical in second act but in first act, with tradition she arrives to be modern and old :) !

Alina is a wonderful Giselle when you never see the ballet. But I saw several Giselle, and now I'm waiting for other thing I think :shrug: .

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Posted 06 February 2004 - 04:09 PM

Yesterday night were the third previous cast for this serial of performance of Giselle. Title couple was Agnès Letestu and José Martinez.

As Aurélie Dupont, Agnès has a modern view about the part, certainly because she is tall and too many people think that Giselle can't be small. She appears as a young girl very shy, and very special, she is not as Mats Ek' part, but she looks sometimes in this way, ot the girl with some problem. She is like a little girl and she is glad that Loys is interested by her. Her madness is very single too, very soft, but moving and it's the most important to my eyes. She doesn't make an old madness with cry, shouts, and so on. Her modern view is really glad to see. In second act, we find back Agnès more traditionnal with her back, her arms, her long arabesques. She is very fine in Marguerite's remember.

Her partner was José Martinez who is a very interesting Albrecht, he comes to play with her. But in Giselle's madness, he felt something else, is it love, or is it sorrow and desire that Giselle returns in her true life. I don't know. At the second act, he makes an entry absolutely wonderful with all the regrets and the sadness of the world. His variation is a model of style, and his coda also where he ask for pity to Myrtha. really a beautiful Albrecht.

It was certainly the most beautiful couple that I saw since the beginning, in the first cast, Aurélie is a wonderful Giselle, but her couple with Nicolas doesn't function every time. In the second cast, Manuel Legris is a wonderful Albrecht but his couple with Alina Cojocaru doesn't function.

As Myrtha, Stéphanie Romberg is not so well dancing than Delphine Moussin, but she is more my view about Myrtha, very strong woman. Yann Bridard is a very interesting Hilarion very loved of Giselle and who wants not revenge but open her eyes.

In Peasants pdd, Dorothée Gilbert, new sujet since last december and one of the big Hope of POB is a charming girl who completely understand style of the pdd and danced with lightness, charm, musicality, she was well partnered by Alessio Carbone, but he makes some little technical faults in his variation. Their couple is very good.

In two wilis Soloist, a special mention to Natacha Quernet who is really extraordinary by her romantical style, her arms, her arabesque and so on.

Certainly the most equilibrated Giselle I saw since the beginning !


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