POB's La Sylphide
Posted 09 June 2004 - 07:18 AM
Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:05 PM
The castings have been announced on the web site, but not completely (there's only a list of dancers, but no dates):
-as La Sylphide,
Aurélie Dupont or Agnès Letestu or Isabelle Ciaravola or Mélanie Hurel
or Delphine Moussin
It will be a new roles for all of them! The only dancer still in the company who has already danced the role is Elisabeth Maurin, but she's been absent from the stage because of her pregnancy. And actually, it's a bit unusual for the company to see that two premières danseuses (Ciaravola and Moussin) will be dancing that role, as it usually is considered as a role for étoiles, but I guess it's also because there aren't many active female étoiles now able to dance that role (Osta is away for maternity leave, and Gillot and Pujol probably aren't well suited to it). But I really wonder about the logic of having 5 different castings for a total of 12 performances, that doesn't leave much time to each dancer to really get used to the role (especially as they don't perform "La Sylphide" so often...) And there's also that tendancy to cast any dancer in almost any role... Anyway, I'd love to see Delphine Moussin in such a role...
-as James, Mathieu Ganio or Manuel Legris or José Martinez or Alessio Carbone or Benjamin Pech.
It will be a new role for Ganio (and actually only his second big classical role, after Basilio a few weeks ago) and for Carbone (his first real big role, I think). I wonder why Nicolas Le Riche won't dance it, but perhaps he's already been too busy this season. And unfortunately, several other male dancers, like Jean-Guillaume Bart and Hervé Moreau, are injured now.
About the pairings: the most likely ones seem to be Dupont- Legris, Letestu- Martinez, Ganio- Ciaravola, Moussin- Pech, and Hurel-Carbone.
-as Effie, Mélanie Hurel or Caroline Bance or Dorothée Gilbert or Aurélia Bellet or Aurore Cordellier
New roles for all of them except Hurel. Dorothée Gilbert was a charming Effie a few years ago in a pas de trois in a "Young dancers" program.
About the production: it is Pïerre Lacotte's production, after the original production by Taglioni, not the Bournonville production which is the one which is generally performed and which is better known internationally. Lacotte made this "reconstruction" (actually, not really a faithful reconstruction, for example there is more pointe than in the original work, also he added a pas de trois on some music from, if I remember correctly, "L'Ombre") around 1974, and it was filmed then with Ghislaine Thesmar and Michael Denard (it became one of their signature roles).
I've seen that production only once on stage so far, and it was quite special because it was Elisabeth Platel's farewell performance, with two different James (Nicolas Le Riche and Manuel Legris), one for each act, and it was of course quite moving. I'm not a all a specialist of that work, but I really enjoyed that production, and I think it's worth seeing.
Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:06 PM
I have seen the filmed version as a kid and remembered it clearly somehow. I think this is when I fell in love with this ballet. I am glad to know that this is the version that I will get to see! I am even more excited.
I too would love to see Delphine Moussin in the title role. She is one of the most elegant and exquisite ballerina of the company, in my opinion.
Lucky you, "les adieux de Platel" on La Sylphide must have been something quite special.
Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:19 PM
I do agree about Moussin, and regret that she never was promoted to étoile. However, at least she got to dance quite a lot of great roles... I'd also have liked to see Clairemarie Osta in such a role, and I hope that she'll get to dance it later. Aurélie Dupont will probably be quite interesting too, she's matured quite a lot after her one-year leave for injury last season.
About the castings, there is some extra info on José Martinez's web site: he's supposed to dance it, with Letestu, on July 7, 14 and 15 (by the way, the performance of July 14th will be a bit special: as it is the "fête nationale", the performance will be free, but usually there is a huge queue and some people start queuing early in the morning). And of course the casts are likely to change, so you never really know who you're going to see (I'm keeping my fingers crossed about injuries, there's already been too many so far) until the ballet starts...
Posted 09 June 2004 - 06:37 PM
Posted 09 June 2004 - 06:49 PM
If you want to get away with a simpler dress, you should be able to but I'm the sort who is more looking for the excuse to dress formally than not to! I never get to wear my suits! When I was there in April, the crowd seemed slightly dressier than it had on previous visits (more suit/ties rather than sportjackets/no tie)
Also, most theaters are great places for women to bring a shawl as a dress-up accessory and to deal with air conditioning.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:22 AM
Manuel Legris announced on his website he must dance june 28 , and july 10, 12 and 13 july. These performance will be recorded for a new movie. He must dance with Aurélie Dupont, after her wonderful Giselle, she will be certainly interesting as Sylphide.
Benjamin Pech must dance with Delphine Moussin two times.
Laetitia Pujol doesn't dance the part because I presume she should dance Emeralds in the spanish tour of POB from june 30 to july 11 in Madrid and Barcelona.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:29 AM
About how to dress: well, there is much diversity in the POB audience, you can see some people dressed very formally and some others in jeans and tee-shirts, so do as you prefer and don't be stressed, whatever you wear, nobody will frown at you! B)
[Edited to add]: Thanks for the precisions, Françoise.
Posted 10 June 2004 - 06:54 AM
Do you know who will dance Effie on July 15th? I am not very familiar with the names you guys cited. What are their ranks in the company?
Posted 10 June 2004 - 09:21 AM
It's not very surprising that you're not familiar with their names, as some of them aren't very well known even for the Paris audience...
Mélanie Hurel is a première danseuse (2nd rank of the company, after étoile= principal), Caroline Bance and Dorothée Gilbert are sujets (3rd category), Aurélia Bellet and Aurore Cordellier are coryphées (4th category).
There's a page on Mélanie Hurel on the POB web site, you can go there:
and click on her name. She's been a premiere danseuse since the end of 2002. I haven't been
very impressed by her so far, but in fact I haven't had many opportunities to see her.
Dorothée Gilbert is considered as one of the most promising young female dancers of the company, she's about 20-21 and got promoted to sujet last december and was already given a few important roles (in "Concerto Barocco", "Liebeslieder Walzer", "Don Quixote"). Caroline Bance and Aurélia Bellet are often cast in modern dance works, so I was a bit surprised to see their names. Aurore Cordellier was, if I remember correctly, at the POB school at the same time as Dorothée Gilbert.
Posted 11 June 2004 - 03:43 AM
So finally, Alessio Carbone won't dance James and it will be danced by Gil Isoart instead (I've been told he already danced that role a few years ago). I've nothing against Isoart, but what a bad luck for Alessio Carbone ...
Posted 19 June 2004 - 12:44 AM
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