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Marie-Agnès Gillot Etoile


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#16 trieste

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 07:46 PM

I agree, pherank -- in Chicago, she walked right by me and my 5'6" friend (plus three inch heels) and was a bit taller than my friend, I have no doubts. I would say she is, at the very least, 5'8"-5'9". Either way, she is magnificent as a dancer and a person.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:33 PM

I agree, pherank -- in Chicago, she walked right by me and my 5'6" friend (plus three inch heels) and was a bit taller than my friend, I have no doubts. I would say she is, at the very least, 5'8"-5'9". Either way, she is magnificent as a dancer and a person.

Lucky you, Trieste - hope you got an autograph. What you are saying about her height makes sense though. She towers over the other POB ballerinas in any video/image, except Letestu, who is supposed to be the tallest of the group.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:04 PM

http://bourree.tumbl...age/24004625697

I find this photo of great use in discerning heights -- and in it, Gillot looks to be taller than Letestu.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 12:42 PM

http://bourree.tumbl...age/24004625697


Nice photo! I wish it was higher resolution. Letestu is slumping against the balcony so that takes off an inch or two. But she's clearly 3 or more inches taller than Dupont. When Gillot and Dupont are standing beside one another in Neumeier's "Sylvia" there's quite a difference in heights. Gillot makes an excellent Roman/Grecian goddess.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

This recent article is full of interesting information regarding Gillot:

http://www.nytimes.c...era-ballet.html

“From 1990, when I joined the company, until 1993, I did absolutely nothing on stage except the most minor, non-dancing roles,” she said. “I felt as if I were being continually punished. It was so demoralizing that I got on a plane and went to New York.”

Ms. Gillot slept on a mattress in the apartment of a school friend, Sebastian Marcovici, and took classes with Willie Berman at Steps, hoping to audition for the New York City Ballet.

But when Manuel Legris, a company étoile, discovered that she had left, he phoned Mr. Berman and sent Ms. Gillot a message: “Come home, you have a future in France.”




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