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POB Annual Competition Results 2009


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#16 cygneblanc

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 12:40 AM

Hey Estelle, the lack of time is killing me right now, but I'll try to write a review of the women's competition this week-end.

And, no, I won't attend men's, just too much work to be two days away in a very short time!

I don't have enough hard words to criticize Ludmilla Pagliero's promotion. The problem isn't the fact she's a foreigner, I wouln't have had any problems with Kora Dayanova's promotion.

She just doesn't have POB's style and her dance is boring. And there are some many beautiful sujets to promote...

On the other side, I was particularly happy for Aubane Philbert who truly deserves what she got this year. I have also been delighted by two others promotions to the sujets ranks. Well done, Ladies!

#17 silvermash

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 03:53 AM

Well Ludmila Pagliero has something special so perhaps as you said it’s not typically POB style but that’s why it’s interesting to have her Première danseuse instead of corps the ballet where you have to be like any other… I think she can bring a different touch to the company and I quite like what I have already seen in the contemporary rep where she is really excellent. This doesn't mean the other Sujets didn't deserve as well the title. She was not my favourite but I'm not disappointed...

#18 Estelle

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 05:27 AM

Hey Estelle, the lack of time is killing me right now, but I'll try to write a review of the women's competition this week-end.

And, no, I won't attend men's, just too much work to be two days away in a very short time!


Thanks for your comments, cygneblanc (and good luck for your work !)
Are there some male dancers whom you'd like to see promoted ?

#19 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 07:56 AM

I just received a release from the company with the results of the men's competition:

To premier danseur:

Josua Hoffalt
Vincent Chaillet (both 25 years old)

[I remember both of the two as the main boys featured when the school came to visit NYC - I think in '02]

To Sujet

Monsieur Florimond LORIEUX (22 ans)
Monsieur Fabien RÉVILLON (23 ans)

To Coryphée -

Monsieur Yann CHAILLOUX (25 ans)
Monsieur Adrien COUVEZ (28 ans)
Monsieur Mickaël LAFON (21 ans)

#20 Estelle

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Posted 20 November 2009 - 09:52 AM

Thanks for the results, Leigh !

I haven't seen Josua Hoffalt in a long while, but have good memories of his performances.
(Err, didn't he post in the forum many years ago, when a he was a POB student ?)

It seems that almost all the men who were promoted this year are fairly young.
If I remember correctly, Mickael Lafon was featured in a documentary about the POB school about ten years ago...

cygneblanc, silvermash, what do you think of those promotions ? Do you think the new premiers danseurs could be considered as potential étoiles ? They are quite younger than the present premiers danseurs (who are approximately: 29 (Bullion and Carbone), 32 (Paquette), 34 (Thibault), 37 (Duquenne), and 38 (Phavorin and Bridard)).

#21 silvermash

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Posted 21 November 2009 - 02:16 AM

Josua Hoffalt is an elegant and promising dancer (nice elevation and ballon), I think he was the favourite by far. He has already got some soloist roles in “youth ballets” such as Nutcracker and La fille mal gardée and he was up to the expectations. He’s got a strong stage presence. As far as I’m concerned I liked his Colas the best in the last run. He’s good also in the contemporary rep.
Vincent Chaillet is less known but has danced regularly interesting small soloist roles mostly in contemporary ballet until Répliques this season where he leads the second cast with Emilie Cozette. I quite liked his Lacenaire in Les Enfants du Paradis and he was beautiful as the Phenix Bird in Bejart’s Firebird. His elegant lines (he’s quite tall and thin) are always striking. He danced one of the Figures in Caligula and I remember noticing him as very good there, as well as one of Manon’s lovers in La Dame aux camellias…
They are both young so they will have time to develop and take their place among the other Premiers Danseurs… What is interesting right now is that there are few active male Etoiles and that Premiers Danseurs are entitled to dance a lot in the main roles, more or less trusted by the leading triplet Bullion/Duquenne/Paquette...
As for to become an Etoile? Well who knows what is an Etoile made of nowadays?
Surprisingly, there were few candidates for these two important positions (while there was no position last year). Some were injured but others are currently on stage?
Some surprises in the Coryphées class but all the first 6 dancers are good in their own domain, it’s the rule of the concours to rank them… and I wasn’t there so can’t really say more.


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