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Next season in Paris

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I fully agree that not all ballet dancers can dance contemporary works such as a modern dancer, and yet, what contemporary works? What does it mean really? Preljocaj is not the same than McGregor, Bausch than Lock, Paul than Millepied etc. but, most of the choreographers of these contemporary works in POB repertoire are alive and some of them are creating for the POB. They don’t create the same way with POB dancers. I just remember Preljocaj talking about that somewhere and POB is acquiring works that are suitable for his dancers. Not all the contemporary choreographers will make it to POB.

In any case, you will notice that it’s always the same dancers that are dancing contemporary works. They are the ones who wish to explore in this direction... some of them are even quite specialised in it... and some are pretty good at it … so why not?

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It's also an error to believe that the POB was a great company before Nureyev came along, it wasn't, he put it on the map, not least because of the way he invigorated their classical rep and by the panopoly of world class classicists he developed.

He certainly raised the company profile and gave them international status, but they were already pretty damn good before he took them on.

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Reading about the repertory for the 2010-11 season (in conjunction with watching the repertory presented in Fred Wiseman's documentary and with "reading" the books of Nicolas Le Riche and Gerard Uferas), I can't help but think that Madam Lefevre has pulled off a pretty incredible feat -- she's transformed the mighty Paris Opera Ballet into the Brigitte Lefevre Modern Dance Company!

Poor Elisabeth Platel -- presiding over a classical island in a modern sea . . .

I agree that the modern side is pushing out the classics. I was hoping to take my Grand daughter (10) to the Opera Garnier for the first timein 2011, but the Ballet has got to be suitable, as she prefers like me a more classical approach. I am eagerly waiting for the next calendar to come on line. She has already asked to see Aurelie Dupont dance, which may not actually work out,

depending on her Maternity Leave. At least I have plenty of time until next spring/summer to get it all worked out and booked up.

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Reading about the repertory for the 2010-11 season (in conjunction with watching the repertory presented in Fred Wiseman's documentary and with "reading" the books of Nicolas Le Riche and Gerard Uferas), I can't help but think that Madam Lefevre has pulled off a pretty incredible feat -- she's transformed the mighty Paris Opera Ballet into the Brigitte Lefevre Modern Dance Company!

Poor Elisabeth Platel -- presiding over a classical island in a modern sea . . .

Well I must say I agree with you, the POB is stuck with Madame B.L.'s modern dream.

I did actually get to see Tribute to Robbins, and loved it, so it was not a wasted efforft. The Concert with Dorothee Gilbert was brilliant. So now I have been looking at the next programme for 2010/11. I really am not at all interested, I cannot stand Wayne MacGregors work, and would not waste my small "Ballet Visit" budget on it.

I did recentlly venture back to The Royal Ballet at Covent Garden to see Onegin, with Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg. I was not at all disapointed, it was wonderful, really compared favourably to the Paris performasnce I saw last year.

Maybe I will do to ROH more and only travel to Paris when there is something I really want to see and make a short stay of it.

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