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#1 sylphide

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 07:18 AM

Anyone has the intention to see this ballet? How about the casting? What should one expect from the POB's production?

thanks :)

#2 Estelle

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:05 PM

I plan to see this ballet, but I don't know when... Do you plan to attend a performance?
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.

#3 sylphide

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:06 PM

Thank you Estelle!
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.

#4 Estelle

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 03:19 PM

sylphide: if you liked the video, surely you'll love seeing it on stage! :)

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...

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 06:37 PM

We will be attending on opening night, June 28th. We are visiting from Canada and are very excited to see both the Palais Garnier and POB. It will certainly be the highlight of my DD's trip. Any suggestions as to dress for opening night would be much appreciated! My DD has a favourite poster framed of one of our famous ballerinas, Evelyn Hart, sitting on the POB stage putting on her pointe shoes for a guest performance a number of years ago.

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Posted 09 June 2004 - 06:49 PM

mmded - it depends on where you're sitting. The more expensive the seats, generally the more expensively dressed the occupant!

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.

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:22 AM

POB announced in the Mathieu's Ganio nomination text that he will dance James the 1st and 5 th of july. He will dance with Isabelle Ciaravola

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.

#8 Estelle

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 02:29 AM

mmded, it's not sure but I think the cast is likely to be Dupont and Legris that evening (since the cast of the opening night generally is a cast of principals, and Letestu and Martinez aren't scheduled). Anyway, it should be an enjoyable evening for your daughter (she might also be interested in the souvenirs in the small boutique inside the Opera Garnier, some are a bit expensive but there is a large choice of postcards, booklets, jewels, etc.) Also, in case she's interested, the "entrée des artistes" is on the opposite side of the Palais Garnier, and most dancers are happy to give autographs (but sometimes it can require some waiting before they finally go out). I hope that you'll post some comments about the performance when you're back home! :)

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.

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 06:54 AM

Since I will have travelled that far to see my favorite ballet, I sure will be waiting at the "entree des artistes" after the performance!
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?

#10 Estelle

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Posted 10 June 2004 - 09:21 AM

As far as I know, the casts for Effie aren't known yet by date.

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:
http://www.opera-de-...ie/compa_3.html
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.

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 03:43 AM

The detailed casts finally have been posted on the POB site:

http://www.operadepa...597_distri.html

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 :(...

#12 Estelle

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Posted 14 June 2004 - 03:06 AM

For the sake of clarity, I've created a separate discussion about POB videos and moved some posts there:
http://balletalert.c...showtopic=17126

Feel free to continue the discussion there, and to talk about "La Sylphide" here. :innocent:

#13 Françoise

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Posted 19 June 2004 - 12:44 AM

Manuel Legris injuried will be replaced by Mathieu Ganio in James instead of Aurélie Dupont, he continue to dance also with Isabelle Ciaravola, and the movie will be record with him :blushing: !

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Posted 24 June 2004 - 01:27 AM

Click here, you will see the new distribution of La Sylphide.


http://www.opera-de-...597_distri.html

#15 Françoise

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Posted 25 June 2004 - 10:34 AM

It seems that José Martinez won't dance James in La Sylphide, he doesn't seem injuried as he is always previous on the Diamonds part in Spain. The information is on his own website :green: !


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