It's decided !!! -- Millepied to Head Paris Opera Bal-- New Thread Title
Posted 09 December 2012 - 03:14 PM
Posted 09 December 2012 - 09:45 PM
I had chosen Legris too, Cubanmiamiboy - he seems the most obvious good fit. Guillem would be an interesting choice, but I don't think she necessarily has the all the managerial skills, and perhaps temperament, to run a large company. Forsythe, MacGregor, Ratmansky - all interesting to think about, but I have to believe they want to stay close to the art of choreography, rather than spend their time in arts management and 'human resources'.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:01 AM
in the direction of classicism. Surprised Kadar Balarbi's name isn't listed though.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 02:37 PM
Posted 10 December 2012 - 03:56 PM
Given the vote count as of Monday evening, I see an interesting dynamic shaping up with Legris and Hilaire 1-2 in terms of vote-getting. If Legris gets the nod, does Hilaire stay? It certainly would be humiliating for him to be passed over when he was the "company man" who held the classical end of the company together during the Lefevre era.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 08:58 PM
According to the schedule, Maria Yakovleva and Denys Cherevychko from Vienna danced on 11/24, 11/27, and 12/3. From what I've read they were short notice substitutes though for whom I am not sure.
Posted 10 December 2012 - 09:04 PM
Do people think that Legris has the upper leg because of his administrative experience in Vienna?
Posted 11 December 2012 - 04:45 AM
Some of it may have been poor planning and bad luck -- trying to mount two dozen+ performances of Don Quixote and the William Forsythe/Trisha Brown program side-by-side while dealing with who knows how many injuries.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:12 AM
Hierarchy also plays a role. Instead of importing principals, they could have given more performances to, say, Mathilde Froustey, who made a ravishing debut (as expected). But she's sujet, and so not entitled to as many performances as premiere danseuse, who entitled to as many as an etoile (assuming their are any who want the role).
That said, POB is notorious for having injuries up the wazoo this time of year. They insist on performing contemporary and classical works at the same time, ignoring the strain on dancers' bodies from switching between the two styles. The administration knows that. So, the wisdom of doing 25 performances of Don Q, a strain on even a large company like POB, PLUS the Forsythe is questionable at best, IMO.
Going back to Lefevre's sucessor, I do think Legris has a bit of a leg up on Hilaire given his administrative position in Vienna. He's done a very nice job with the company.
Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:26 AM
However, no one really understand why only two Etoiles (Bullion and Paquette) were originally on Don Quichotte... They only called Ganio when Bullion was injured, to back up Paquette, I guess just in case to partner Gilbert for the live broadcast and Zakharova in the event of Paquette being unable to dance...
I don't think all the Etoiles are needed on this Brown/Forsythe bill... It's really a pity to see Le Riche, Bélingard or Moreau dancing about 10 minutes in Garnier while Paquette is labouring 2 hours on a half 12 times in Bastille... Well Nureyev Basilio is really hard to dance and some Etoiles might be too old or too fragile... or simply not willing to take the risk...
Regarding the topic, I don't feel Legris has proven much imagination in Vienna, it's more or less copying what has been done in Paris the past years... Perhaps someone outside the company will give a fresh input more than needed?
Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:23 PM
Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:31 PM
Well Paquette is not such a slave that he couldn't refuse... the direction would have been long faced to its lack of organisation if he was just doing his normal share...
Posted 13 December 2012 - 04:45 PM
Even if Paquette could refuse on hierarchical grounds, he may feel that being an etoile carries with it a certain responsibility in times of crisis.
Posted 13 December 2012 - 10:27 PM
But why this run of Don Quichotte started with 12 shows for Paquette? This is ridiculous. During the last classics, it has been seen that due to different injuries during the run, dancers like Bullion, Paquette and Martinez danced a lot of shows, but at a last minute replacements (even if it tends to become more and more frequent and less and less last minute).
But starting 26 shows of Don Quichotte with only two etoiles and three Premiers danseurs (with one Thibault really fragile) is a lack of foresight, especially after what happened last season with Cinderella and Bayadère.
So of course, Paquette is convenient... It is convenient from an administrative point of view, but is it from an artistic point of view?
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