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Choreographer of Arena Ballet's "Talisman"


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#1 Solor

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 05:05 PM

What is the name of the man that choreographed this ballet in 1997 for the Arena Ballet? All info on the web just says 'Chalmer-Petipa'....

#2 bart

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 06:27 PM

Because of the Italian connection, this seems to refer to Paul Chalmer, who staged Sleeping Beauty for the Rome Opera Ballet in 2002. In an on-line review of that production, he is refered to as a "former dancer" (English National Ballet). On the alumni page of the National School of Ballet (Canada), he's described as the Artistic Director of the Liepsiger Balletts.

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Posted 16 April 2006 - 11:16 PM

I cant believe Carla Fracci danced the lead in this ballet - wasnt she in her 60s?

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:00 AM

fracci was indeed featured in this staging, perhaps in '96, which likely bore very little relationship (other than the libretto) to petipa's ballet, or to legat's post-petipa version, for that matter.
most probably the whole of this 1990s ballet was tailored around fracci, who danced opposite alessandro molin in one perf. i know of.

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 08:07 AM

Just to add a bit to RG's intelligence on this production -

Talisman - chor. Paul Chalmer, music Riccardo Drigo
Presentation of Arena Ballet Company in Padua, Italy

March 16, 1997 (and possibly other performances)

Niriti (a goddess) - Carla Fracci
Nouredin (principal male role - a warrior, in love with Niriti) - Stephane Fournial
Vayou (God of the Winds, who accompanies Niriti to earth) - Alessandro Molin
Amravati - Ileana Citaristi
Damayanti - Simona Mangani

The ballet also featured an Eastern Indian Folk-Dance ensemble, if one can imagine the ankle-bells, finger-cymbals & drums playing concurrently with Drigo's traditional European-ballet tunes!

Chalmer seems to be a 'young Lacotte' of sorts, having also staged/"revived" La Fille du Danube and La Gitana for Arena Ballet. I'm not sure if he has continued the Lacottish trend since taking over Leigzig Ballet in spring 2005. The Leipzig troupe, like most German companies outside Berlin or Stuttgart, focuses on contemporary ballet & is not likely to sponsor antique reconstructions...but one never knows.

#6 Mel Johnson

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 10:55 AM

The ballet also featured an Eastern Indian Folk-Dance ensemble, if one can imagine the ankle-bells, finger-cymbals & drums playing concurrently with Drigo's traditional European-ballet tunes!


Ever see La Meri's staging of Act II Swan Lake in Bharata Natyam style? It was a hoot, and only lost a little bit of currency for having been (loosely) based on the Denham Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 06:37 PM

Ever see La Meri's staging of Act II Swan Lake in Bharata Natyam style? It was a hoot, and only lost a little bit of currency for having been (loosely) based on the Denham Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo production.


I haven't seen it but I would love to see it. Does some group have a tape they rent out?


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