POB Season 2007-2008
Posted 15 March 2007 - 08:25 AM
Posted 15 March 2007 - 09:27 AM
Still, I miss Paris and want to go back and see the company. I'm keeping my eye on mid-April for the School performances and the Nureyev/Balanchine/Forsythe program. If the Royal is doing something worth traveling to London for in April as well, that would close the deal.
Posted 15 March 2007 - 10:53 AM
There has been a lot of consternation about this season on French discussion boards already, and now I can really understand those people who've been wanting to see Brigitte Lefèvre tarred and feathered for the past few years. Wouldn't now be a good time for the Opéra's dancers to participate in that time-honoured French tradition of striking in protest against this season?
Posted 15 March 2007 - 11:02 AM
Now if only the audience could go on strike...
Posted 15 March 2007 - 11:06 AM
- Wuthering Heights (Kader Belarbi)
- Romeo & Juliet (Berlioz/new choreography by Sasha Waltz)
- Mixed Bill : Le songe de Médée (Preljocaj)/Genus (McGregor, premiere)
- Nutcracker (Noureev)
- Paquita (Lacotte)
- Orphée & Eurydice (Pina Bausch)
- Caligula (Nicolas Le Riche)
- Mixed Bill : Raymonda digest (Noureev)/Four Temperaments (Balanchine)/Artifact Suite (Forsythe)
- Mats Ek Bill : La maison de Bernarda/Une sorte de... (company premieres)
- Lady of the Camellias (Neumeier)
- Signes (Carolyn Carlson)
Posted 15 March 2007 - 11:12 AM
Posted 15 March 2007 - 03:06 PM
Patrick Dupond was sometimes criticized as a director, but from what I've read the criticism focused mostly about casting decisions (and the fact that he was both the director and an étoile with the company, with a tendancy to cast himself much) and not much about the repertory (also, in that period the administrateurs de la danse- I believe Jean-Albert Cartier had that job for a while- probably had an influence too... Now, as far as I know, that position doesn't exist any longer- the last "administrateur de la danse" was Brigitte Lefèvre herself, and the job was suppressed when she became "directrice de la danse" so she has all powers...)
It seems that only the direction of the POB school is interested in showing the classical repertory (the school's performance will include Staats' "Soir de fête", Petit's "Les Forains" and a work by Nils Christe)- by the way, what an absurdity that for example the school performed in recent years works like "Divertimento n.15", excerpts from "Napoli", "Western Symphony", some Lifar works, etc. while the company itself, who should be dancing it, completely ignored that repertory.
volcanohunter, you mention Manuel Legris as a potential director for the company after Lefèvre's retirement (but so far we have no idea about when she'll retire- she's 60 now and could still hold that job for several years, alas). While I admire him immensely as a dancer, I really know too little about his skills as a director to know what kind of job he'd do. He has no experience as a company director (and I think that directing a small touring group of dancers has little to do with being the director of a big company) and I don't know much about what his choices of repertory would be.
Also, the previous experiences of former POB dancers turned directors hasn't be very positive in some cases (see the Pietragalla affair in Marseille, which ended quite sourly, also Jean-Yves Lormeau didn't stay much in Rio de Janeiro- Charles Jude seems to do a better job in Bordeaux- except that perhaps at his age he should consider casting himself less-, however a problem of moral harrassment one or two years ago with a soloist who was his former girlfriend didn't exactly cas a positive light on the company) and so I wonder if the officials making such decisions might be a bit cautious about choosing a POB dancer. (Now, most of them seem to know so little about ballet that one might fear any bizarre decision, e.g. choosing a modern dance choreographer to lead the company or something like that... Who knows ? )
One thing that made me smile is that the only tour announced in the company season is to... Créteil, a close suburb of Paris which actually has several metro stations on the line 8, which is a line which also goes to both Paris operas, so that's not as if seeing POB performances was terribly difficult for its inhabitants ! Well, perhaps they'll tour elsewhere and it hasn't been announced yet, but I wish the company's direction would think more about all the French cities which have no ballet company and where opportunities to see some ballet are about zero (and whose inhabitants subsidize as much the POB as Paris people, as the subsidies are national)...
[Edited to add]: Also among the season's absurdities, there will be:
-the Défilé in Bastille (it had already been done in the Dupond era, but if I remember correctly, back then there were some works done in Garnier which wasn't available... And also back then, the evenings with the Défilé were at a normal price.)
-the fact that the only two classical full-length works ("Paquita" and "The Nutcracker") will be scheduled at the same period (in december), which might lead to a lot of injuries and casting problems as it already happened in previous seasons, and which will leave the ballet audience hungry for the rest of the season
Posted 15 March 2007 - 04:00 PM
Posted 15 March 2007 - 04:18 PM
Posted 15 March 2007 - 04:26 PM
It's a pity we North Americans can't swing a similar arrangement.
Posted 15 March 2007 - 05:26 PM
Well, "parisianism" has been a problem in France for decades, or actually centuries (a trace of the Paris-center monarchy ?), as nearly all of the main cultural institutions are based in Paris. There have been some progress since the "decentralization" laws in the 1980s, but more on the administrative side than on the cultural side... and I don't think politicians pay much attention to such a topic.
As volcanohunter wrote, there are some TV performances which are broadcasted on public TV (but it is a relatively recent phenomenon), however in my opinion that should be in addition to tours, not seen as a replacement (especially as such broadcasts generally are shown at such a late hour that they can only reach a tiny audience.
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