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Next POB season (2005-2006)

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#16 sophia



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Posted 05 April 2005 - 12:28 PM

Well Estelle, once more, I explain what I meant when I said ""Le Parc" is quite classical": it is not classical in terms of dance vocabulary, it does not use academic language, but it is not an avant-garde work, trying to create something new, and it is quite different from Preljocaj's other works. So I used the term in its ordinary meaning... One more precison: I am not here to defend Mr Preljocaj against "traditionalists", he does not need me and it would be ridiculous. As I said, I am not particularly in love with his work, I am just interested, maybe I have also been touched by some of his creations, despite his "very politically correct" personnality...
I also regret the absence of romantic repertoire, that is my main reproach and the deepest... first because it is our history, second because it is my main interest. But the choreographers you quote and would like to see (Tudor, Robbins...) are not part of our historical repertoire. Why not, but it is a different wish... What about Lacotte's reconstructions of Taglioni's works, a new and entire "Coppélia", "La Source"... There are treasures to discover at the POB library.
Kylian's "Bella Figura": sorry, but I have never seen it... and I am always happy to see the work of this great choreographer.
Balanchine's "Jewels": in fact, I don't really like Balanchine, so I am not really objective, I find him terribly boring, especially when it is danced by our dancers... (to tell the truth, I saw the two NYCB dvd and I discovered something much more interesting), so "Jewels" or another... ("Jewels" is not "the worst")

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 02:56 PM

I agree about the absence of romantic repertory next season. Some performances of "Paquita" would have been welcome (even though it was danced recently), and it's a pity the Lacotte version of "Coppelia" hasn't been performed by the company (only by the school) for many years. Also there were some other reconstructions of his like "Marco Spada" or "L'Ombre" which might be interesting to stage again.

And one name I forgot to mention is Bournonville: it seems that the company hasn't performed any of his works for at least two decades, what a pity (even though the Bournonville style is quite different from the POB style, I think it would be interesting for them to try performing it).

But the choreographers you quote and would like to see (Tudor, Robbins...) are not part of our historical repertoire.

Indeed, but some of their works were performed by the POB with great success in the 1980s and (for Robbins) 1990s, and I find that it's a pity they seem to be disappearing from the repertory (all the more as there is about zero opportunity to see them anywhere in France, as there are so few ballet companies and with such a reduced repertory).

Actually I'm almost wondering about what can really be considered as the POB's "historical repertory" today...

About Balanchine, well, our opinions differ since he's one of my favorite choreographers :wink:. I do like "Jewels", but regret that nothing else by him will be shown.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:39 AM

Of course, nowadays, we can wonder what POB's historical repertoire is... In Russia, you would not have to wonder, it's much more simple... But, I think diversity is one of our characteristics: Nureyev created for POB, Balanchine, Robbins, Forsythe...
Bournonville created his works in Denmark, but he was a pupil of Paris Opera School. So, that would be interesting to invite Royal Danish Ballet (instead of Trisha Brown, but I am dreaming...) and to see B's"La Sylphide" one night and Lacotte's the other night. That would be a real tribute to the traditions of these two great countries, whose influence is so important for the history of ballet.

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