POB school to perform in New York in May
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The Paris Opera Ballet School will dance in New York in May. Read More
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Posted 06 March 2002 - 10:34 AM
'Paris Opera Ballet School'
Special New York Appearance
Wed. May 22 lecture, film & demonstration by Claude bessy with her students: FRENCH INSTITUTE ALLIANCE FRANCAISE, 55 East 59th Street; for
tickets call 212 355 6160 $15 adults; $10 students/members Thur. May 23 & Fri. May 24 performances, John Jay College Theater, 899
Tenth Avenue 212 556 6770 $25 adults; $15 students. program features more than 25 of the school's best performers in 'DESSIN POUR 6' (John Taras); excerpt from M POUR B (Maurice Bejart); excerpt from SEPT DANXES GRECQUES (Maurice Bejart); COPPELIA Act II (Arthur Saint-Leon) and PECHES DE JEUNESSE (Jean Guillaume Bart).
Posted 06 March 2002 - 11:06 AM
St. Petersburg, Russia
Posted 06 March 2002 - 12:18 PM
I find the choices of repertory a bit odd. It's different from this year's annual program, which will take place in April (Balanchine's "Western Symphony" and a version of "La fille mal gardée") and from last year's program (Lacotte's "Coppélia"and Neumeier's "Yondering").
"Péchés de jeunesse" is a work created especially for the school two seasons ago by the principal dancer Jean-Guillaume Bart, "Sept danses grecques" is a Béjart work which was danced in the same program (the third work being Fokine's "Firebird"), and the other two works "M pour B" ("B" stands for the late king Baudoin of Belgium, that work was dedicated to him) and "Dessins pour six" haven't been danced by the school for quite a while. It's a bit strange to choose two Béjart works, considering how unpopular Béjart is in the US...
[ March 06, 2002, 04:45 PM: Message edited by: Estelle ]
Posted 06 March 2002 - 03:15 PM
Estelle, I basically know "zip" about Bejart. Can you please tell me why he is so unpopular in the U.S.?
[ March 06, 2002, 03:16 PM: Message edited by: BW ]
Posted 06 March 2002 - 04:37 PM
BW - We had a discussion on Bejart's reputation in America towards the end of the World's Greatest Living Choreographer? thread. Short answer, in my opinion, was that critics by that point were more attuned to Balanchine's style, especially Arlene Croce.
Posted 06 March 2002 - 05:19 PM
I've checked my programs of the POB school recitals: "Dessins pour six" was danced in 1997, "M pour B" was danced in 1991 and 1994 (I haven't seen those two works).
BW, there's a page about Béjart on my own web site at:
but it hasn't been updated for ages, and some links don't word (and it's just a short biography of him). Béjart's popularity or unpopularity in various countries is a complicated topic. As Leigh wrote, perhaps one of the reasons why Béjart isn't popular in the US is that the audience was mostly familiar with Balanchine, and Béjart's style is more based on theatrical effects and less musical (and some might find there's quite a lot of "bad taste" in some of his works). That would deserve a topic in itself, but it seems to me that, in France, Béjart was very popular in the 1960s and 1970s, partly because it was a period when there were not many company besides the Paris Opera, which was quite rigid, and his company performed in more "accessible" places (big halls, outdoors festivals...), also he had a lot of bright dancers in his company, like Jorge Donn, Paolo Bortoluzzi,
Suzanne Farrell for a while... And he had a sort of "avant-garde" reputation. Now Béjart still is one of the better known choreographers in France (he's based in Switzerland), but most French critics were quite negative with all his recent works.
I've seen "Sept danses grecques" when the POB school danced it two seasons ago, and found it rather pleasant, it's mostly an opportunity to show some bravura male dancing, on a score by Mikis Theodorakis inspired by traditional Greek music.
There are some photos of "Péchés de Jeunesse" and "Sept danses grecques" (taken at the school recital two seasons ago) on the following page:
Posted 06 March 2002 - 06:00 PM
BW, on Bejart, I think he's perhaps a bit overblown for Americans. I'm don't think that Croce was very influential, except among a small number of people, in Bejart's heyday. I also don't think the daily press reviewers particularly liked him. Too theatrical, too much funky makeup -- and, perhaps for those times, too overtly gay. The polarization was often set up, "For Balanchine, ballet is woman, for Bejart, it is man." And his men didn't match American concepts of masculinity, shall we say.
Posted 06 March 2002 - 06:50 PM
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