Sophia kindly included a link to the POB website, with a long summary of the ballet.
This is a 2 acts and 13 scenes ballet inspired by Proust's In search of lost time.
If you can read french, you'll find on the POB website a presentation of the ballet and its 13 scenes:
The first 7 scenes are gathered under the title: "Proustian images of paradise." The final 6, under the title "Proustian images of hell." The accompanying description suggests that the choreography -- like Tudor's Lilac Garden -- deals with recognizable situations rather than complicated elaborations of plot. However, there is the implication that knowledge of quite specific plot details might in fact be necessary to understanding and appreciating what Petit has in mind. Certainly, the average viewer would need some idea of who Swann, Odette (not the swan; Petipa fans might get confused here), St. Loup, Albertine, Morel, Charlus, and the duchesse de Guermantes might be.
This got me thinking about how you deal with such a vast work -- and SO MUCH PLOT -- in a non-verbal mediuim like dance. Do we get a characterization of EACH of the members of Mme. Verdurin's "little clan" during Scene I? How can the the aging duchesse de Guermantes in the last scene have the significance she seems intended to have if we don't have young Marcel's obsession with her much earlier on? How can you leave out the duc de Guermantes, one of the great haracters in French literature? How do you portray Mme. Verdurin's subsequent marriage (a surprise in the last volume, and one which occurs decades after we first meet this character) to the Prince de Guermantes?
Has anyone seen this ballet -- either as a whole or one or more of its parts? What did you think? Do you know anything more about plans for a video release?