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POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

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I'd be interested to hear thoughts on any dancers who'll be in one of next week's casts for Emeralds, as I'm not very familiar with most POB dancers.

 

First Pas de Deux: Dorothée Gilbert (Étoile), Hugo Marchand (Étoile)
Second Pas de Deux: Léonore Baulac (Étoile), Germain Louvet (Étoile)
Pas de Trois: Valentine Colasante, Sae Eun Park, Marc Moreau

 

Any insights or general impressions much appreciated!

 

The other cast, by the way, is as follows:

 

First Pas de Deux: Laëtitia Pujol (Étoile), Mathieu Ganio (Étoile)
Second Pas de Deux: Myriam Ould-Braham (Étoile), Mathias Heymann (Étoile)
Pas de Trois: Hannah O'Neill, Sae Eun Park, François Alu

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Pujol's Emeralds was preserved on video. But that was over 12 years ago and she's retiring. Ganio is probably the best classical male dancer the POB has right now. Saw him a few years ago in Giselle and he was magnificent.

 

Here's a clip of Pujol's solo:

 

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9 minutes ago, canbelto said:

Pujol's Emeralds was preserved on video. But that was over 12 years ago and she's retiring. Ganio is probably the best classical male dancer the POB has right now. Saw him a few years ago in Giselle and he was magnificent.

 

Yes, I'm more familiar with the cast I'm not seeing, because of that video (Ganio is in it too) –– which, overall, I think is a really satisfying production of the whole ballet. I figured she/they must now be in the end stretch of their careers. Also love Ganio in the POB Sylphide video.

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Gilbert is also a very strong classical dancer (there aren't many left in the POB company, sad to say). Here she is in Giselle's variation:

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, canbelto said:

a very strong classical dancer (there aren't many left in the POB company, sad to say)

 

That's too bad, and surprising to hear.

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Marchard/Gilbert and Ould-Braham/Heymann are the star couples of the POB. Though I much prefer the former with respect to both technique and artistry, all of the dancers cast are elegant representatives of the French style. The pas de trois with O'Neill, Park, and Alu should also be a treat; they are all potential étoiles (and very strong classical dancers).

Pujol will be offficially retiring during this run of Jewels. 

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There seems to be conflicting information about Pujol and her retirement. At the moment she listed in the preliminary casting for "Emeralds" in Paris in the autumn.

https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/ballet/joyaux

 

I am pessimistic about the future of ballet dancing in general. Hugo Marchand is one of the very few young dancers who gives me hope.

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4 hours ago, ricaineballet said:

Pujol will be offficially retiring during this run of Jewels. 

 

That's interesting. Am I imagining it or did Clairemarie Osta (who's also in the POB Jewels DVD) also give her retirement performance in NYC, when POB came with Giselle? I know I attended the farewell of someone, and I'm pretty sure it was her.

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Yes, her final performance was Giselle, partnered by her husband, Nicholas LaRiche.

They announced it ahead of time and had several flower presentations. That 2012 tour visit

was a marvelous gift - wish they were presenting similar programing this year.

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3 minutes ago, Balanchinomane said:

Yes, her final performance was Giselle, partnered by her husband, Nicholas LaRiche.

They announced it ahead of time and had several flower presentations. That 2012 tour visit

was a marvelous gift - wish they were presenting similar programing this year.

Osta's retirement was Manon. 

 

 

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Yes, Osta's official farewell complete with confetti shower was a performance of Manon at the Palais Garnier on 13 May 2012.

https://www.memopera.fr/SpectRepres.cfm?SpeCode=MANO&SpeNum=41195&Dist=9334

 

But she subsequently went on tour with the company to the United States, and her final performance took place in Giselle in New York on 19 July 2012. She was wonderful.

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1 hour ago, Balanchinomane said:

That 2012 tour visit was a marvelous gift - wish they were presenting similar programing this year.

 

And tickets were a lot less expensive, too!

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1 hour ago, volcanohunter said:

Yes, Osta's official farewell complete with confetti shower was a performance of Manon at the Palais Garnier on 13 May 2012.

https://www.memopera.fr/SpectRepres.cfm?SpeCode=MANO&SpeNum=41195&Dist=9334

 

But she subsequently went on tour with the company to the United States, and her final performance took place in Giselle in New York on 19 July 2012. She was wonderful.

 

Thats so interesting. Was she expected to dance right up until her birthday because of the state funding?

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I doubt it. Osta probably wanted to go on the tour. At that point the POB hadn't been to the United States for a very long time, something like twenty years. All the company's able-bodied étoiles went on the tour. (Too bad the Bolshoi doesn't follow the same practice!) I think the sole exception was Myriam Ould-Braham, who stayed behind in Paris to dance in La Fille mal gardée and was promoted just before the tour began.

 

I seem to recall that in early 2014 Isabelle Ciaravola went on Japanese tour of The Lady of the Camellias after her official retirement from the company in Onegin. I can't recall now whether the formally retired Agnès Letestu was also on that tour. Maybe it's easier for the dancers to leave the stage more gradually, rather than to go cold turkey after the shower of star-shaped confetti.

 

But to your point, Pujol won't turn 42 until the autumn.

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There is flexibility for Etoiles when they are giving their farewell when they arrive near retirement age because each year, they danced the ballets they agree in a special contract, so they have an overview of the possibilities during the season (and even the season before). 
Agnès Letestu was administratively retired when she gave her farewell but Lady of the Camellias  was the first ballet of the next season and she wanted this particular ballet to retire. She was a “guest Etoile” in 2014 Japan tour and in Palais de Cristal the next year in Paris. 
Isabelle Ciaravola was not in Japan, she had not reached the age at her farewell but she wanted to dance in Onegin. Clairemarie Osta as well when she was In the US, so it was up to her to dance or not. 
Laëtitia Pujol is supposed to give a farewell in Paris in September

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13 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

I seem to recall that in early 2014 Isabelle Ciaravola went on Japanese tour of The Lady of the Camellias after her official retirement from the company in Onegin. I can't recall now whether the formally retired Agnès Letestu was also on that tour.

 

Yes, both Isabelle Ciaravola and Agnes Letestu were on that Japan tour March 2014 dancing Marguerite in La Dame aux Camellias. Ciaravola had just officially retired in Onegin that February. Letestu was given a ceremony on stage after the performance with confetti but Ciaravola didn't. (I don't know why)

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30 minutes ago, naomikage said:

 

Yes, both Isabelle Ciaravola and Agnes Letestu were on that Japan tour March 2014 dancing Marguerite in La Dame aux Camellias. Ciaravola had just officially retired in Onegin that February. Letestu was given a ceremony on stage after the performance with confetti but Ciaravola didn't. (I don't know why)

 

I think Agnès was more popular in Japan than Isabelle who has been Etoile very late in her carreer. Besides, Agnès gave the last performance of the tour and farewell was also celebrating Brigitte Lefevre.

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On 2017-7-14 at 7:10 PM, nanushka said:

I'd be interested to hear thoughts on any dancers who'll be in one of next week's casts for Emeralds, as I'm not very familiar with most POB dancers.

 

First Pas de Deux: Dorothée Gilbert (Étoile), Hugo Marchand (Étoile)
Second Pas de Deux: Léonore Baulac (Étoile), Germain Louvet (Étoile)
Pas de Trois: Valentine Colasante, Sae Eun Park, Marc Moreau

 

Any insights or general impressions much appreciated!

 

The other cast, by the way, is as follows:

 

First Pas de Deux: Laëtitia Pujol (Étoile), Mathieu Ganio (Étoile)
Second Pas de Deux: Myriam Ould-Braham (Étoile), Mathias Heymann (Étoile)
Pas de Trois: Hannah O'Neill, Sae Eun Park, François Alu

 

 

Ganio is the company's superstar, he's the senior male Étoile of the company but he's not the oldest, this is because he was promoted when he was only 20. IMO he's the best classical dancer in the world, and the only one in the company that does represent the French tradition, he has a sensibility that makes his mentor Monsieur Legris look deadpans. 

This is one of his signature roles.

 

Pujol - as others have already posted, her Emeralds was recorded, she's a very beautiful lyrical dancer with the maturity you can expect of a dancer in the verge of retirement, her technique is poor now but not too poor.
This is HER signature role. 

 

Ould-Braham: the best female Étoile in the company, a dancer as lyrical as it gets and by this I mean she is THE Sylphide, imagine a Sylphide dressed in green and now you know how he performance will be like, she's amazing BUT she usually messes up, a wrong foot here and there, very frustrating but she's amazing.
This is one of her best roles.

 

Heymann: elevation and petit allegro are his thing but he remains a very classical prince, he's very very musical too. He's paired with Ould-Braham, they're the only true partnership in the company.
He was born to dance Emeralds. 

 

Gilbert: stiff, unmusical ugly dancer, I'm so sorry for the ones seeing her, she does NOT represent the French tradition AT ALL. She is debuting in the role, once again: I'm SO sorry for y'all. 

 

Marchand: recently promoted thanks to a pretty face, he's elegant and has presence but his technique is mediocre to say the least, has no artistry and what disturbs me the most: he has the upper body of a swimmer, I can't I can't and I can't, basically he's the male version of Gilbert but without being ugly. Doesn't represent the French tradition at all neither. Also debuting in the role.

 

Louvet and Baulac: same as Marchand but in Louvet's case he doesn't have a pretty face to distract the audience, his hypertextension is worrying to say the least. Baulac is as pretty as it gets and more mediocre than Copeland. These two don't represent the French tradition either. They are debuting in Emeralds.


Park and O'Neil are outsiders. I won't say more about those two, I don't wanna have a stroke.

 

Alu: the company's only born show man, should be a principal but never will be, but anyway he's not dancing in NYC because he's injured. Fabien Revillion is his replacement in the pdt, he's ok.

 

Moreau: OK dancer, pretty to look at,  that's about it.
Colasante: mediocre dancer.

 

In conclusion: The 23 July performace is the one to attend, it has  Ganio/Pujol - Ould-Braham/Heymann in Emeralds and Krysanova/LOPATIN in rubies!!! 

 

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On 2017-7-14 at 8:29 PM, nanushka said:

 

That's too bad, and surprising to hear.

 

Should not be a surprise, the POB academy has been going downhill for the last 30 years, and the last 10 have been truly dreadful, the dancers do not represent the French tradition anymore and it gets worst every year, this year's class is a tragedy, there are always one or two miracles coming out of the academy but the last two miracles I saw came out of the 2001 class, that was 16 years ago.  There seems to be an epidemy because the Royal Danish and the Vaganova academy are in the same situation (although the problem at Vaganova is more of overwhelming  hypertextension and poor poor poor placement, the Royal Danish has many problems but POB is doomed in every area)

 

On 2017-7-15 at 3:09 PM, ricaineballet said:

 all of the dancers cast are elegant representatives of the French style. 

 

Not true, Park and O'Neil are outsiders, not POB trained, not even French trained, so no, not all are "representatives of the French style" not even most French are representative of the French style (but still you can tell the difference between a french dancer and one who isnt)

 

 

 

On 2017-7-14 at 8:06 PM, nanushka said:

 

Yes, I'm more familiar with the cast I'm not seeing, because of that video (Ganio is in it too) –– which, overall, I think is a really satisfying production of the whole ballet. I figured she/they must now be in the end stretch of their careers. Also love Ganio in the POB Sylphide video.

 

Lol no, Pujol is retiring soon but Ganio recently just turned 33, he was promoted sooo young it seems he's been an Étoile forever but his top years are just starting lol 😂 

 

 

On 2017-7-16 at 0:10 PM, naomikage said:

 

Yes, both Isabelle Ciaravola and Agnes Letestu were on that Japan tour March 2014 dancing Marguerite in La Dame aux Camellias. Ciaravola had just officially retired in Onegin that February. Letestu was given a ceremony on stage after the performance with confetti but Ciaravola didn't. (I don't know why)

 

 

Letestu was an Étoile for more than a decade, and a very famous one,  Ciaravola's promotion was based more on consolation than on merits, therefore she didn't have a farewell like Letestu's although Ciaravola had a bigger farewell than she deserved. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Gnossie said:

Alu: the company's only born show man, should be a principal but never will be, but anyway he's not dancing in NYC because he's injured. Fabien Revillion is his replacement in the pdt, he's ok.

I came thisclose to buying a ticket and flying to New York to see Alu based on word-of-mouth about him. (Mimi Paul is said to be very high on him.) I wonder if he will hang on forever waiting to be named etoile. Emmanuel Thibault should be a cautionary tale for him. Revillion, too, should consider decamping to another location where he could probably be a principal dancer.

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Hmm I was there last night and will write more later but I was shocked at how many accents were deleted. For instance Ould-Braham and Heymann did not do the staccato arabesque with the leg slowly being raised and held at different intervals.

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31 minutes ago, canbelto said:

Hmm I was there last night and will write more later but I was shocked at how many accents were deleted. For instance Ould-Braham and Heymann did not do the staccato arabesque with the leg slowly being raised and held at different intervals.

I look forward to reading your review, Canbelto, and others of this three-company event. 

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3 hours ago, canbelto said:

Hmm I was there last night and will write more later but I was shocked at how many accents were deleted. For instance Ould-Braham and Heymann did not do the staccato arabesque with the leg slowly being raised and held at different intervals.

 

That's not just an accent, that's the pas de deux 'signature'-- is it possible they just did it in some very, very soft way that obscured it? (Either way...disconcerting to read.)

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17 minutes ago, Drew said:

 

That's not just an accent, that's the pas de deux 'signature'-- is it possible they just did it in some very, very soft way that obscured it? (Either way...disconcerting to read.)

 

Even this is not as bad as the recent Bolshoi staging of Emeralds, in which the entrance diagonal of the "Mimi Paul solo" is done totally on pointe...even the usually flat-footed bowing movements. 

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19 minutes ago, Drew said:

 

That's not just an accent, that's the pas de deux 'signature'-- is it possible they just did it in some very, very soft way that obscured it? (Either way...disconcerting to read.)

Heymann did it very softly but I could still see that he is doing the choreography. With Ould-Braham I barely noticed it.

 

To me, the highlight of yesterday was (drumroll.....) NYCB dancing Rubies. Surprise, surprise!!

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