A look at the career of Roland Petit
by Sanjoy Roy in The Guardian, illustrated with video clips.
...... "It was because of [the Fonteyn affair]," recalled Jeanmaire later, "that afterwards I told him: 'We go to London, and I want a big creation for me. Otherwise, I will leave.'"
That creation turned out to be Petit's biggest success, Carmen (1949), which introduced a new kind of ballet heroine. In Carmen, Jeanmaire was fierce, sexual, wilful hair cropped boyishly close, hips jutting, legs lengthened by the shortness of her tunic and Petit's choreography was charged with eroticised combat. Its London premiere caused an even bigger sensation than Petit's first visit, audiences finding it thrillingly risqué. You can see in this later recording of Petit and Jeanmaire why British choreographer Frederick Ashton, fresh from staging The Sleeping Beauty for the Royal Ballet, worried he might be out of date.
The Associated Press obituary
via the LA Times.
Voice of Russia
Acclaimed choreographer Roland Petit, whose creations dazzled stages from Paris to Hollywood and inspired dancers, writers and designers, has died. He was 87.
The Paris National Opera said Petit's wife, Zizi Jeanmaire, informed them that the choreographer died Sunday in Geneva. No cause of death was given.
Russia’s Bolshoi Theater is paying tribute to the great French choreographer Roland Petit, who died yesterday at the age of 87 in Paris.