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#16 Estelle

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 10:17 AM

Recently JGB was teaching in Japan with the Tokyo Ballet, and he spoke in a interview of Japanese magazine Dance Magazine that he wishes to teach at POB and is likely to do so as soon as there is a vacancy for the position (which we be availale soon). He is also teaching at Mikhailovsky Theatre for a short period.


Thanks a lot for such information, naomikage ! So there is some good hope to have Jean-Guillaume Bart teaching at the POB.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 01:33 PM

in the POB/ NYCB Gala (might "Suite of dances" be suitable farewell program for Manuel Legris, or is he supposed to have his farewell performances before ?)


I'd like to know a bit more about this, not being able to quite figure it out from Cygne Blanc's first post. Is there going to be a night when both companies dance--I suppose separately if they do, but can't quite tell. There are NYCB programs there and POB programs, as well as the other things like National Ballet of China, but I couldn't tell if POB/NYCB in Estelle's and Cygne Blanc's posts were something else. If one saw both companies in one night, it would be most enviable, and might make it seem possible to see them together here, which I'd certainly try to see if it happened. Thanks.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 02:24 PM

http://www.operadepa...cle.asp?IdS=599

It's a "gala night" with both compagnies

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 02:41 PM

http://www.operadepa...cle.asp?IdS=599

It's a "gala night" with both compagnies


Well, it sounds magnificent no matter whether they are dancing with each other or next to each other in separate ballets. Is it really possible they are dancing with each other? That truly sounds fantastic, but either way I hope it means POB would then come and do that at the State Theater--even if I could only afford POB by itself without the gala, because that's the company I most want to see. Do you see this 'exchange program' possible for the future years?

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 02:44 PM

Well, Pietragralla said she's a part of the left but after all she could have some acquaintance with the actual power...The legion d'honneur is maybe a portion of the opening :thumbsup: ?

The subsidy per price is about 80% . I wrote once here the amount in a thread about Sylvia I believe.

Yes I agree with your argument on the move from ballet to contemporary. It looks that some people have taken conscience that contemporary isn't that cheap after all. The focus is more on the so said elitist side of ballet.

Of course I'd like to see more less known works, but if I have to choose between all the so great creations we get now and long series of generic works, I choose the second solution. At least our big corps de ballet would be dancing and given the situation now, it wouln't harm it...

for saint Germain: it was a night with some pas de deux and some small groups. The article was wrote by one of the city's council member (conseiller municipal) of the socialist group against the mayor (UMP). Since this mayor has just been elected again on the first round, one can presume that his citizens aren't too unhappy with him. The most famous dancers of the city are Christianne Vaussard and Elisabeth Platel.

Well, as for ballet, I agree some people are afraid of Garnier, but not of their city theater..

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 02:51 PM

Well, Papeete, the AD told it would be a joint evening. POB will tour Australia next year again. I don't know if they will come to NYC. Nothing was said on that.

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 03:42 PM

Of course I'd like to see more less known works, but if I have to choose between all the so great creations we get now and long series of generic works, I choose the second solution. At least our big corps de ballet would be dancing and given the situation now, it wouln't harm it...


I agree that Ms Lefèvre really had gone too far in the "let's program a lot of modern works with at most 4 dancers on stage" (and which generally were never danced again)...

for saint Germain: it was a night with some pas de deux and some small groups. The article was wrote by one of the city's council member (conseiller municipal) of the socialist group against the mayor (UMP). Since this mayor has just been elected again on the first round, one can presume that his citizens aren't too unhappy with him. The most famous dancers of the city are Christianne Vaussard and Elisabeth Platel.


Thanks for the explanation. I only went once in my life to Saint-Germain en Laye, and it was to attend a program by the Balelt du Capitole de Toulouse... Really the conseiller municipal should have kept his mouth shut (moreover, I really doubt that people make their voting choices depending on the scheduling of cities' theaters...)

Well, as for ballet, I agree some people are afraid of Garnier, but not of their city theater..


There might also be some misconceptions about ballet in general. For example, a few years ago, my husband and I invited his parents to a Robbins program at Garnier, and my father-in-law (a doctor in his 60s) was very reluctant, claiming that "he wouldn't understand anything"... and finally he enjoyed the program a lot. My husband himself said he probably wouldn't have thought about attending a ballet program if we hadn't met. And unfortunately, there are so few ballet performances in France outside Paris and also so little ballet on TV (far less than in the 1970s and early 1980s, I think) that most people get zero exposure to ballet, and so have no opportunity to get their prejudices challenged...

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:01 PM

The word now in France is that public funded institutions have to be profitable. Since tickets sales for contemporary works are very far from being great, they have to plan works which will fill theaters.


Cygneblanc, this is a very interesting development. But is POB in the scope as well? If you have seen a newspaper article or two on the topic recently on the net, I'd be so grateful if you could give links to them...

And the personality of the new director who will be around in 2009 (Nicolas Joel) is less eccentric than Gerard Mortier's one. We can presume POB will be more classical in the next few years.


I very much hope the troupe would not be in a position where one has loads of catching-up to do by the time the new boss arrives. Next season will see a lot of reprises of 21st century neo-classical masterpieces which is not a bad thing at all. But only one 19th century gland classics - it'd be easy to forget how to do classics in a proper manner :sweatingbullets:


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