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Gala Nureyev Programm - 20 january 2003


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#1 Françoise

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 10:03 AM

To celebrate the death 10 years ago of Rudolf Nureyev, POB organizes a Gala at january 20. Programm is composed by ballet choreographied by Nureyev and two importants parts of Nureyev.

Evening will begin with traditionnal Defilé of Corps de ballet
after we will have a short film about the dancer/choreographer
we must see
  • Chants du compagnon errant - Chor. Maurice Béjart, Mus. Gustav Mahler - Manuel Legris, Laurent Hilaire
  • Raymonda, female variation, act III "la claque" - Elisabeth Platel
  • Don Quixote, act III pdd - Laetitia Pujol, Jérémie Bélingard
  • Romeo and Juliet, balcony pdd - Elisabeth Maurin, Benjamin Pech
  • Cinderella, final pdd - Aurélie Dupont (if she recovers from her knee injury), Jean-Guillaume Bart
Intermission
  • Marguerite and Armand - Chor. : Frederick Ashton, Mus; : Frantz Liszt - Sylvie Guillem, Nicolas Le Riche, Sir Anthony Dowell and Christopher Saunders
intermission
  • Bach Suite - Chor. Francine Lancelot - Kader Belarbi
  • Swan Lake, men polonaise highlight from act 1
  • Swan Lake, black swan pdd - Agnès Letestu, José Martinez, Wilfried Romoli
  • Bayadère - Act III "Kingdom of the shades" - Isabelle Guérin, Manuel Legris and Karin Averty, Clairemarie Osta (she could be replace as she became etoile last sunday) and Delphine Moussin


#2 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 10:07 AM

Thank you for the information, Francoise.

Are there still tickets available, or is it sold out? I think I know at least one BalletAlertnik who is planning a trip to see this from the US. Estelle (and the rest of our Paris contingent), will you be able to go?

#3 Estelle

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 10:21 AM

Well, the price of the tickets is a bit too high for me!

#4 Françoise

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 10:53 AM

I will try to go but the booking at box office open monday morning. By internet, correspondance and phone we have no free place. It's not a private evening but the high prize make from this event a till private event unfortunately

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Posted 04 January 2003 - 01:26 PM

I'm planning to go Leigh and have been assured that I have a ticket, although it's not yet in my hot little hand. It should be quite an evening.

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Posted 04 January 2003 - 01:35 PM

Well, Alymer, I certainly hope you'll write about it for us!

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 02:51 AM

I managed to get a ticket (somewhere up in the amphithéâtre) for 73 euros. Quite extravagnt I must admit, but wouldn't have missed it for anything. Apparently this is a black tie event (is that what one calls it ? ) "robe du soir pour Madame, smoking (alias tuxedo) pour Monsieur".
I am very much looking forward to the défilé.
Tickets are indeed on sale at the box office this morning, teletickets are sold out.
Will be happy to post aswell.

#8 Alexandra

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 08:28 AM

Vila, please do. As I've said in other threads, there is an interest in POB from the Americans on this board, and we'd love to have regular reports -- so I very much hope you do post! (Not just on POB, of course. If you're seeing other things, please let us know about them.)

#9 Françoise

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Posted 10 January 2003 - 05:15 AM

Some changement in the program they add in first part of the programm Nutcracker pdd from act II with Clairemarie Osta and Laurent Hilaire and they invite Monique Loudieres to dance the excerpt of Cinderella with Jean-Guillaume Bart (it's the act II pdd).
Order of appearance change too, Chants du compagnon errant are at end of the first part. Melanie Hurel replace Clairemarie Osta as second Shade in Bayadere "Shade act"

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 12:18 PM

Elisabeth Maurin has been featured on TV today during a short period of time. They got her there for speaking about the Tribute. She said all the dancers would have a very special feeling during that night and she would be more nervous than usual. She also explained of which way Rudy influenced her dance. She said his narrative choregraphies helped her do develop her interpretations especially on the dramatic aspect. When she was asked about her future, she responded she would like to pass on what she has learnt. I mean in more explicit terms, she 's aspiring to teach. Claude Bessy said once in an interview that Melle Maurin would teach at Nanterre after getting retired

#11 Alexandra

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 12:31 PM

Thank you for those updates, Francoise (sorry for the belated thanks!) and cygneblanc. I'm always so jealous when I read about dance on TV in Europe -- this wouldn't happen on American television. They notice dance when Balanchine or Graham dies. that's it now.

It sounds as though it will be an exciting program.

A general note to those with an interest in POB. Marc Haegeman has done a series of interviews with French dancers -- Maurin, Platel, Guerin, Legris, Letestu -- for DanceView, and I've wanted to put them up on the DanceView site but haven't had the time. I HOPE I'll be able to do that this week, and when I do, I'll let you all know. I think they're excellent, if I can say that about my own magazine :) Very detailed, capture the personality of the artist, and I think you'll enjoy reading them.

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Posted 12 January 2003 - 12:47 PM

Please do it when you have time, Alexandra:) I can't wait for reading them !:)

#13 Françoise

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Posted 16 January 2003 - 03:23 AM

New changement but in cast this time.

Jeremie Belingard, again injuried (he didn't perform in Paquita, Lucien's Part beside of Clairemarie Osta and was replaced by Jean-Guillaume Bart) is replaced by Nicolas Le Riche in Don Quixote pdd.

Other changement, Karin Averty who will dance the first shade in Bayadere will be replace by Nathalie Aubin.

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Posted 21 January 2003 - 02:55 AM

This evening began with Grand Défilé du corps de ballet in spite of an evident lack of rehearsals and the fluctuating lines, he allowed us to see again in this magnificent walk, the female etoiles which left it too fast as Isabelle Guérin, Elisabeth Platel and especially Monique Loudières more applaused than all the others.

A movie made on original ideas from René Sirvin and told by Laurent Hilaire, allowed us to see some Rudolf Noureev's images at the top of its glory, few new images, but the key moments of its career, his freedom in 1961, Marguerite and Armand, Swan Lake with Margot Fonteyn, to arrive at Bayadère.
The evening really began finally, one can consider that this honoring consists of several parts(parties), the second readings of the big classical authors, the original choreographies and the roles standing out with the dancer.

The evening thus opened on the variation of the Raymonda's act III "La claque", danced by Elisabeth Platel who missed a little of presence, but reminded us, that Nureyev wanted a "noisy" version of this variation and not a silent variation. Then it was the pas de deux of Nutcracker where Clairemarie Osta was brightening notably in her sauté on points, light, immaterial, regrettably Laurent Hilaire was a little bit absent as partnership. Followed a new second reading with the Don Quixote's Adagio by Laetitia Pujol and Eric Vu An which relieved unwell Nicolas Le Riche but could only assure the Adagio and not the variations. If Eric's noble look, reminded us the big style imposed by Nureyev, the visible lack of rehearsals cruelly was smelt notably in pirouettes.

After some revival re-choregraphied, arrived original choreographies, it was at first, balcony pdd of Romeo and Juliet. If Elisabeth Maurin showed all the qualities of Nureyev's eoile, with a unique style, a youngness, she suffers from Alessio Carbone's performance, recently promoted first dancer and very disappointing in Romeo, very rough receptions in his double assemblés.

The magic moment of evening with Monique Loudières's appearance, more graceful and lyric than never came, she was incomparable in the pas de deux of Cinderella's stool beside a Jean - Guillaume Bart which was not without calling back by its elegance and its style, Manuel Legris. What moment of big emotion !

First part ended with the first honoring to Nureyev as dancer and presented Les Chants du Compagnon errant of Béjart with the enemy brothers of formerly Laurent Hilaire and Manuel Legris. At the top of their art, they were the magnificent interpreters of this pas de deux, Laurent Hilaire upsetting, merciless Manuel Legris, magnificent honoring returned by both Nureyev's etoile to the one who made of them both bigger male Etoiles of the Opera !


Second part always dedicated to Noureev dancer allowed to admire Marguerite and Armand created by Frederik Ashton for Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev and danced for this evening by Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas Le Riche. This ballet which tells the history of Camilla, is an intimist work, and grand at the same moment. Far from the usual Parisian performances of the renegade etoile, Sylvie Guillem offers us alternately triumphant, loving, wounded, dying Marguerite, with the same happiness, her play is differentiating and perfect, and the ballet allows us to discover in France a facet underestimated by its talent. Beside her, Nicolas Le Riche pulls passionate one Armand, but if the technique is impeccable, everything is very well-trained, his game is by too much exaggerated notably his entrance and especially his despair to Marguerite's death and its noisy sobs. Anthony Dowell made his debuts on POB stage being Armand's father with his dignity and his trouble.

Last part showed us Noureev's various aspects, amator of all the kinds of dance including baroque dances in an extract of Bach Suite 2 masterfully interpreted by Kader Belarbi who chiselled all the steps.

It was as well the honoring of the corps de ballet with the Swan Lake Polacca settled for the boys of the corps and danced with one accord. The famous Pas de trois of the black swan remembering that Nureyev was a theater man, with his conception of Rothbart's male role. Agnès Letestu, José Martinez and Wilfried Romoli were brilliant in this however theatrical extract it is in the adagio for the endless balances or in their chiselled, perfected variations. A pure moment of happiness.

The evening ended on shadows act of Bayadère, last ballet choreographed by Rudolf Noureev for POB before his death, the feminine corps de ballet honoured the choreographer with a perfect ensemble completed in the famous descent of the shadows, this act allowed us to find Isabelle Guérin beside Jean - Guillaume Bart. Regrettably it was not the best Nikya of the etoile, the technical problems are too visible for whom saw her since the creation, Jean - Guillaume showed himself an attentive partner and a virtuoso brilliant Solor notably in the redoubtable maège of double assemblés. Nathalie Aubin, Mélanie Hurel and Eleonora Abbagnato to dance the three shade variations If Eleonora dominates the trios by her grace and her presence, she danced her variation without "brio", Nathalie Aubin dances with her usual mastery first variation and the young première danseuse, Mélanie Hurel doubtless galvanized by her unwaiting title was astonishing of virtuosity and technique in second shadow which descent of statements on pointes !

Evening ended by all the protagonists gathered for endless saluts under the bravos of a public conquered by the talents of our dancers in particular the famous generation Noureev !

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Posted 22 January 2003 - 03:28 AM

The evening was a great pleaser indeed, starting out with the défilé (all white tutus and white tights) to Berlioz's March from the Troyans. Opened by a little girl from the Opera school and followed by an intricate pattern of students, corps de ballet members, premiers danseurs and interspersed with étoiles descending individually, it gave the opportunity for the public to cheer each and every one along. And boy, did they not miss out on an occasion to display their affection with ovations galore. The opera house for once resembled more a cheering stadium -despite all the mink coats- delighted to “bravo” the dancers going down that steep rake all the way from the magnificent foyer, for once revealed to the pubic. 15 minutes of sheer unadulterated pleasure…tainted only by the unfortunate absence of the étoile Aurélie Dupont (injured) who would have also largely deserved to be thus celebrated ….

Then the short movie and then into the heart of the matter (with offerings as described in the above posting). Each excerpt was danced on a bare stage except for Marguerite and Armand, centrally placed between the two intervals. Guillem was truly out of this world- she can coach actors on acting- whereas Le Riche veered at times to the grotesque by overdoing it, but on the whole it was most moving and splendidly danced. An “oddity” of great wonder to me was Bach Suite which followed, an excerpt from a piece by Francine Lancelot, all baroque steps performed by a Kader Belarbi, alone center stage (accompanied solely by Christophe Colin’s the gorgeous violoncello) who managed to keep the public mesmerized.

It all ended well past midnight with multiple curtain calls :everybody on stage rightfully beaming and a public reluctant to leave after these wonderful and rare performances. The orchestra, led by Paul Connelly, who truly had given it their best during the whole evening; had already packed up while ovations and curtain calls -with lights on -carried on unabated.


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