POB 2012-2013 Season
Posted 12 March 2012 - 06:37 PM
It's worth it to go to the website and to click on the link for each program: there's commentary (in French) by Brigitte Lefevre and footage. (The same is true for the opera listings; there the commentary is by the Dramaturge or Music Director.)
There are multiple programs in tribute to Rudolf Nureyev, 20 years after his death in 1993:
- Revival of his "Don Quixote" in November and December, including the New Year's Eve performance at the Bastille
- A gala on 6 March 2013, with excerpts from his choreography
- Dedication of the joint Paris Opera Ballet/Paris Opera Ballet School Tricentennial of the French School program on 15 April 2012 and the Gala of 21st Century Dance Academies on 20 April 2013, with participants from seven invited dance academies: Royal Danish Ballet School, Bolshoi Ballet Academy, Royal Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Cranko Ballet School, Hamburg Ballet School, and National Ballet School (Toronto)
Posted 14 March 2012 - 12:24 PM
My main hope is that some of this ends up filmed/broadcasted!
Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:14 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:09 PM
There's also disappointment at the lack of a major foreign company visiting.
The season is not to my personal taste, but it's just as well because the Royal's is! It will be nice to see La Sylphide again, and I agree the 2 Fauns back-to-back should be good, although the Robbins needs to be cast very carefully, IMO. The casting next season should be interesting with so many mixed bills. Etoiles usually only dance 1 ballet per evening, so hopefully we'll see some more junior company members getting a chance.
Posted 14 March 2012 - 08:43 PM
Posted 14 March 2012 - 10:07 PM
As for the boys, it will be interesting to see what they give Yannick Bittencourt and the other young, princely ones, and how they handle it. The current and last generations of males seem marked by an earthly/manly style, but they seem to be veering away from that.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 01:39 AM
I’m not sure mixed bills will give more opportunity for youngsters, especially in main roles, as the Etoiles just love these works and the direction didn’t use to have many casts until now. Perhaps also because they are quite a lot to be close to retirement age, they prefer to concentrate on short works instead of full length classical ballets…
By the way, Clairemarie Osta will retire in May on Paris stage but she is due to give her final performance in New York with Giselle.
Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:52 AM
Perhaps also because they are quite a lot to be close to retirement age, they prefer to concentrate on short works instead of full length classical ballets…
I hadn't thought of that.
As to casting, there are a lot of retirements coming up, especially amongst the ladies -- Osta this season, and Ciaravola, Letestu and even Dupont in the next couple of years. It would behoove the company to start casting younger dancers now, rather than later, when they actually have to carry the company -- such as what is happening now with Héloïse Bourdon, who is debuting in La Bayadère next week.
Presumably we'll see a lot of Don Q debuts. 26 performances is a very long run!
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