Posted 02 April 2002 - 05:30 PM
It is danced by The Paris Opera Ballet and in the leads are the sublime Isabelle Guerin and Manuel Legris. WOW!
Does anyone have any information to share about this wonderful ballet?
Posted 02 April 2002 - 06:26 PM
Posted 02 April 2002 - 07:40 PM
I think -- working from memory here -- that this was done for London Festival Ballet???
(Dupont was a bit different from Legris. He had to GET OUT -- out of that marriage, out of that village. He was so tormented that the suicide was a relief.)
Posted 03 April 2002 - 01:20 AM
It will be performed again next season in Paris, in October, in a Petit- Robbins mixed bill. (Unfortunately, Guérin won't be performing it, except if she's invited as a guest).
"L'Arlésienne" was premiered in 1974. I don't have the program notes here. I'd be likely to think he created it for his own company, but am not sure.
Manhattnik, Jean-Charles Gil danced with various companies, including the Ballets de Monte-Carlo until 1997, now he's working as an independent dancer, teacher and choreographer. I saw a program by him about three years ago in Marseille: three solos choreographed by himself, Thierry Malandain and another choreographer I don't remember. He's past his prime, but I really liked that program, he had a great stage presence and a great placement. Also in the last few summers, every summer in Luberon (a part of Provence) he animated a summer school for young professional dancer.
I've found his web page at:
Let's say it's not exactly the most modest site I've ever seen... ;)
About that video: I'm *really* frustrated about that one. It was shown twice on TV (at hours like 2 AM), each time I asked my parents to record it (I have no TV), and each time there was a problem and I didn't get it. Now it's very unlikely to be shown again, and it's not available commercially...
(A note: Alexandra, I think you mean Dupond? I don't want to be petty, but it can be confusing, because it's Aurélie DuponT and Patrick DuponD,
so when people read Dupont they're more likely to think about Aurélie... By the way, your post made me regret that Patrick Dupond's POB career ended so sadly. He was not my favorite dancers, but the Petit repertory suited him well.)
Posted 03 April 2002 - 08:05 AM
Posted 03 April 2002 - 05:04 PM
Posted 04 April 2002 - 05:26 AM
I found this work musical, dramatic and moving
I'm very much taken with the two principles and of course the choreographer.
Posted 08 April 2002 - 10:56 AM
I wouldn't say it was a good ballet, but it's very effective and has two first-class roles - a good bad ballet perhaps.
I've seen a number of casts a lot of them very good. I'm sorry you didn't like Khalfouni, Alexandra. She's a dancer I very much liked and in roles as diverse as Petit's Carmen and the Opera's La Sylphide.
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