Ballet de Toulouse, 2008-2009 season
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:34 PM
I looked this up because of a fond memory - in 1998 I saw Giselle, for the first and so far only time live, at the Halle aux Grains in Toulouse. (I was there for a work conference.) Unfortunately I was not familiar with this ballet at the time so it made less sense than I could wish - but it was very enjoyable and has since inspired me to watch several version on video.
I have retained a fondness for the city and its arts, so I followed the links in the previous post and found a listing of this year's ballets. The best starting page was for all the theater events:
Here is this year's season:
The Coppelia is is by Glushak, after Martinez (1968).
Second program is Balanchine's Square Dance and parts of the Brahms Schoenberg Quartet, plus a new work by Delcroix of the Netherlands Dance Theater.
Piotr Ilytch Tchaïkovski
This Nutcracker is by Michel Rahn, based on Petipa/Ivanov.
The last program is Rubies, Bits and Pieces, and Nine Sinatra Songs.
All the above is based on my miserable high-school French so I apologize in advance for any errors and/or omissions. I think there are 35 dancers in the company. You have to hunt around the site to figure out which performance is where and on what date. As I recall from 10 years ago, the people at the central ticket office have not actually heard of classical music or dance and are no help. Perhaps if my French were more comprehensible ...
Posted 22 November 2008 - 08:43 PM
I've always loved the name Theatre du Capitole, with its medieval associations.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 01:50 PM
The influence of the current AD, who's american, has been very positive, and probably explains the fact they have Balanchine in their repertory. They have been featured in an american made TV documentary on Balanchine which in France was broadcasted on ARTE.
The dancer's names are here
If you can see them, go. Of course, they aren't as good as POB but they have their own identity and I guess you could have a very pleasant surprise.
Oh, they don't have a school of their own.
Posted 23 November 2008 - 03:23 PM
The information on the General Director, Nanette Glushak, was interesting. She "received all her training" at SAB, danced with NYCB and American Ballet Theater, and has been setting Balanchine ballets around the world since 1987. Quite a special resume, it seems to me.
Posted 24 November 2008 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 24 November 2008 - 01:48 PM
I saw them twice some years ago, in a Balanchine triple bill (once in Saint-Germain en Laye and once in Massy) and enjoyed it very much.
It's one of the very few remaining ballet companies in France, and I'm in total agreement with cygneblanc's comment.
Nanette Glushak has been there for 14 years, which is quite long for a French company, and seems to have done a good job (especially as the financial means probably are limited...)
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