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Aurelie Dupont

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The POB etoile has announced to a Japanese dance magazine that her farewell performance will be Manon with Josua Hoffalt, sometime in January 2014.

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I suppose it had to happen, but she will only be 41 in 2014, wheras in USA this year she said two and a half years. It will just not be the same at the POB without Aurelie there. I saw her dance Manon this year,, with Josua as Des Grieux and her husband Jeremie Belingard as Lescaut, and it was fantastic.

Hopefully she will come back as a guest artist for a few performances.

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I'm not certain if this documentary has been linked to before, but here goes - Aurelie Dupont - L'espace d' un Instant (no subtitles)

Part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGYwg5WI15A&list=PL91CF3F9220C4CAD5

Note: there are some glitches in the video

Part 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_0Hv1VeKy4

Part 3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgSISXmfh9Y

Part 4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4b5lVOi75M

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So that same year Agnès Letestu will also be retiring? I can't help but say it will definitely be a rough year for POB. These two dancers are in my opinion the ones that brought something special to POB, worthy of being called an étoile. With Marie-Agnes Gillot left, I don't think the other ballerinas have achieved that same level of quality (yet). When I see Aurelie, I really see a textbook example of a ballerina. Not only by her technique, but more about her 'air': the elegance, sophistication, grace, refineness. Agnes Letestu hits the nail in the interview with Marc Haegeman:

I think an étoile brings something extra, personality, an aura

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There seems to be some changes to Aurelie retiring with Manon in January 2014 (which was wrong anyway)Now the calendar for the 2014/2015 season has been announced by POB, the production is not performed until April/May 2015. If I remember correctly she told me when I met her after Le Parc, she did not have a lot to do next season. Hopefully this will be clarified after the various distributions are announced.

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Well we all now know what the near future at least holds for Aurelie, she has been promoted to Ballet Mistress, after Laurent Hiliare's departure. which will be filled by Clotilde Vayer, the current Ballet Mistress. leaving the position vacant for Aurelie. I think this is good news, giving her the chance to make her mark on performances.

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The Graham company is going to perform at NY City Center in April as part of their 90th Anniversary Season. The Graham is more than happy, apparently, to welcome famous ballerinas who can help them sell seats. Diana Vishneva also appeared with the Graham company a few years ago in New York.

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The Graham company is going to perform at NY City Center in April as part of their 90th Anniversary Season. The Graham is more than happy, apparently, to welcome famous ballerinas who can help them sell seats. Diana Vishneva also appeared with the Graham company a few years ago in New York.

I was wondering if this would be part of their NYC "season". If it helps to keep the company alive, and Dupont gets to learn new things, it should be all for the good.

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I groaned when I read this news. The impression this leaves is that a modern dance technique like Graham technique is "easier" than ballet technique and, therefore, is the perfect place of refuge for an aging ballerina trying to stay active onstage.

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I groaned when I read this news. The impression this leaves is that a modern dance technique like Graham technique is "easier" than ballet technique and, therefore, is the perfect place of refuge for an aging ballerina trying to stay active onstage.

I understand.

A common misconception, it would appear.

On the other hand, especially Graham modern is so closely related to classical ballet, that it is in fact possible for some well-trained ballet dancers (if properly coached and in possession of some excellent movement intuition) to very nicely dance some of the Graham rep.

I am not so sure it would work the other way, though?

-d-

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